Connecting the Good News to David and Goliath

Connecting the Good News
to David and Goliath
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
May 28th, 2017
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Connecting the Gospel to David and Goliath
I think most people are familiar with the story of David and Goliath.  I think even people who are not churched have heard this story.  But if you aren’t take a moment to read the story in your Bible in I Samuel 16-17.

Why is this story important?
In terms of the history of the Israelites and the history of our faith, the story of David and Goliath is important because if David…or someone… had not had enough faith in God to fight Goliath or if they went out to fight Goliath without faith, then there is a good chance, that Goliath would have easily defeated the Israelites, and the Philistines would have captured them and they would have once again found themselves in captivity.

This means it was a pretty big battle, especially since this happened under their very first King.  So, because David killed Goliath, instead of them becoming slaves, it established them as a super power in the area.  It also confirmed once again, that God was for Israel and that God had all kinds of power and that He was a powerful God who was to be feared not defied.

This battle also establishes David as their future King.  He had already been anointed to be their future king by Samuel, but here we see that even at a young age, God is with him.  He has the power to Lead.  He has the Faith to lead. And ultimately, he gains a reputation that will help him lead.

So, this was a pretty big event for David and really sets the path for the rest of the history of the Israelites.  Not to mention that this story also sets up the royal lineage of Jesus Christ because later, God will establish that Jesus comes from this royal family line.  So, all in all, this was a pretty big event for the Israelites and for us as Christians as well.

Where are we in the story?  
Quite simply we are David.  One of the ways that we connect to David in this story is that it doesn’t make sense that David is the hero.  If we had gotten to choose who would face Goliath, we would have never chosen David…he was just a boy.  By all rights and accounts, David should not have been the main character or hero of this story but he was, because God chose him to be.

And if we were honest with ourselves, and we look at our own backgrounds and sinful pasts...we aren’t hero’s.  We aren’t the ones who should win. We are the ones with a history of giving in to sin. Even now you may be facing some battles, that by every right and account, you should not be able to win.  There is nothing about you or your history, that says you can do this.

And yet you find yourself, with an enemy set before you, that according to scripture says you can defeat.  And you are thinking no I can’t, this is bigger than me.  And God is saying, yes you can. Why does he tell us this?

I Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Our God, looks past our physical abilities.  He looks past our insecurities.  He looks past the limits we have set on ourselves.  He looks past these things because He does not look at us the way we look at ourselves. He looks at our heart and He knows what you are capable of.  He knows what you can be…He knows what you CAN do…He knows how big your faith can be.

He knows you can face Goliath, and tell your Goliath…”46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.” 

So, who is our Goliath?  Goliath is the gigantic battles that we face each day.  Maybe it is Satan himself or maybe it is a battle with our own flesh.  Maybe our Goliath is fear, depression, financial issues, doubts of faith or any of those things that you face, that seem 9’ tall.  That’s how big Goliath was…9’9”

And this is how big, Satan can seem to us…
This is how big our fear can seem to us…
This is how big our depression can seem to us…
This is how big our financial issues can seem to us…
This is how big our lack of faith can seem to us…
This is how big and how strong our problems can seem to us…

And yet…David, with his faith in God and 5 round stones, defeated his Goliath.

How does this story point to Christ?
It points to Christ, because without faith in Jesus, we cannot defeat our Goliath. Without faith in Christ, our Goliath defeats us and we become captives of the enemy.  But with faith in Jesus, and just a few small stones our Goliaths will be delivered into our hands and we will cut their heads off. A stone seems so small but if we know how to use the stones God gives us, then we can defeat our enemy.

And just what are our stones?
Scripture, Prayer, Faith, obedience, and service…

These are all small things, things that we can carry with us every day…but we do need to know how to use them, and be practiced with them.  David was an expert with his sling and as Christians we must be well versed in these things.

We must have scripture at the ready to use against our enemy. Scripture can seem so small, and insignificant sometimes.  It can seem like just a history lesson, or a bunch of good stories, but really, it is God’s word.  And as God’s word, it carries HUGE power in our lives.  It carries HUGE power against our enemy. It’s what Jesus used to defeat Satan during His temptation.  Scripture can carry huge power over our fear, depression, lack of faith.

Prayer, it’s so simple we forget to do it and Faith (just having confidence in Jesus) is a tiny stone.  But understand this: a faith as small as a mustard seed has the power to move mountains.

All of these things, scripture, prayer, faith, obedience and service…are small, and we can carry them with us daily, but they are powerful because of Jesus.

Think about a bullet for a moment…a bullet is small, but it carries the energy and power of the gunpowder that is in it.  Similarly, a verse may be quick, a prayer may be short, our faith may be small, but these things carry the power, of Jesus Christ behind them…Making them more powerful than any of our Goliaths.

What is your Goliath today?  
What stone will you use?  



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