David Slays Goliath

Text: I Samuel 17:41-58
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: September 7, 2008

This Sunday we will complete our study of the battle between David and Goliath. We saw last week that this is much more than a story of a little guy beating a big guy. David is the anointed of God who faces a God-hater who curses God and His people.

David is a picture and type of Jesus, the anointed (Christ) of God who conquered Satan, sin and death for us. While we can in some ways follow David’s example, we are more like the people of Israel who desperately needed a Champion to fight for them. Christ is our Champion who fought our fearsome enemy as our representative.

Last week was the buildup to the battle. This week’s text begins with a war of words as Goliath blasphemously engages in trash talk while David speaks with full confidence in the LORD. The battle itself is over very quickly. In the aftermath the army of Israel gains their courage and smites the terrified fleeing Philistines.

Our focus in application will again be how David is a type of Christ who leads us victoriously to victory. We will also look upon David (and Christ) as examples of how we can face God’s enemies without fear.

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