Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 21, 2019

Goliath

Filed under: armor,God,sheep,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

1 Samuel 17:41 41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David  (NIV)

Please take a minute to read the entire section about David and Goliath before you read any further in this.  Notice all the armor Goliath wore.  There was only a small part of his body exposed, from his forehead to the bottom of his mouth.  Notice also his extreme height.  Also notice he had  a shield bearer.  Shield bearers were only with the archers because they wouldn’t have a free hand to hold a shield.  It was unusual for someone armed as Goliath to have a shield bearer.  Reading on, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:43) He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  If you noticed the description of David he only had one shepherd’s staff, not multiple sticks.  Notice also (1 Samuel 17:44) Goliath said Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” Putting together Goliath’s height and his apparent double vision, he had a pituitary disease which caused continual growth of the body along with double vision.  He needed the shield bearer in front of him to serve as his eyes.  He needed David to come to him for two reasons.  He couldn’t see David well and he was trained in hand to hand combat.  David was trained to hurl stones from a distance to kill animas that would try to get the sheep.  The Israelites judged Goliath only by what they saw.  We judge our trials by what we see when we focus our eyes on our trials.  David focused his eyes on God and the promises of God.  When we walk through a trial we can be like the Israelites and see a big giant or we can be like David and see God and His promises to always be with us.  It’s our choice.

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