1 Samuel 17:33-50

  1. 33 Saul replied,“You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
    Saul thought David was disqualified because of his young age, size, and inexperience. This shows that Saul was looking at the battle purely in natural, outward terms. The flesh says there was no way David could win but the spirit says there was no way David could lose.

    Saul is really telling David that Goliath  been a soldier longer than he has been alive! How could you ever overcome him?” This shows that Saul is only looking at the outward, not the spiritual dimensions of this battle.

    This is the same thing in your Christian walk.  Just beacuse you haven't been saved as long as others doesn't mean that the Lord cannot use you.  

    Don’t expect God to use you just because you are a youth. Instead, receive what God said to Timothy: Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12) Paul was telling Timothy, “Live in such a way that no one will have reason to look down on you because of your youth.” So God can use us when we are young, but we have to be serious about Him and serious about our Christian life.
  2. 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock.

    35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
    Do you think that God Knew this battle would take place?

    God prepared David for this exact battle when David was a lowly shepherd. A lion would attack the lambs, and David would battle the lion. A bear would come against the sheep, and David would battle the bear. All along, God was preparing David to fight Goliath. How long did David prepare to fight Goliath? All of his life, up to that day.

    This is generally God’s pattern for preparation. He calls us to be faithful right where we are at, and then uses our faithfulness to accomplish greater things for Him. If David had run scared at the lion or the bear, he would never have been ready to fight Goliath now. But he had been faithful then, so he will be faithful now
  3. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.

    37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
    Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
    As a shepherd facing the lions and the bears, David had no idea he was being trained to fight a giant. When we are in the midst of our preparation, we rarely see how God is going to use it. We just entrust it to Him. David can now look back and know that the same God who delivered him before will also deliver him now. David knew that God’s help in times past is a prophecy of His help in the future.
  4. 38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.

    39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
    “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off
    Saul dressed David in his own Armour.  This implies that Saul was working in the flesh and not in th spirit. 

    • The last time you faced an issue in your life did you do it in the flesh or did you take it to God first.  Did you reflect back on all the other issues he had delivered your from.
    • Did you try on someone elses Armor? Their advice, their approach. 

    David said Sual I can't walk in your Armour because this is not what I am used too.

    Physically Fit nor Spiritually fit.

    Here's the sad part many christians (old and new) sometimes say the same this about Gods Armour.  They can not walk in it because they have not tested it.  Elaborate

    Often time we try to fight our own battles with someelse's Armor. Do you know that what looks good on me may not look good on you. 

    Many times we see God do something good through someone else and we try to copy it without getting a understanding of the plan for our own life.   

    Davids Armour was way much better that Sauls armour because Saul had a bronze helmet but David had the helmet of salvation (Eph 6:17)

    Saul had a coat of armor but David had a breastplate of righteouness (Eph 6:14)

    Saul had a sword but David had the sword of the spirit.  (the word of God) (Eph 6:17).

    When you look at it David had the whole armour of God (Eph 6:11).

    Can you see how Saul trusted in Man's Armour rather than God Armour while David did just the opposite.

    Although Saul tried to distract David by dressing him in his Armour, David stayed focused and remained steadfast in the Lord.  His faith did not waiver, nor did his belief diminish. 

    Here's the sad part many christians (old and new) sometimes say the same this about Gods Armour.  They can not walk in it because they have not tested it.  Elaborate
  5. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

    41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.
    The Bible says that David chose 5 smooth stones.  Why do you think he chose the smooth stones rather than the rugged stones.

    Why do you think he chose 5 instead of 1?

    Look what he does with the stones

    Now let's take a look at how much faith David had...approached the Philistine.

    Let's look at verse 41 again.  Its two against one now. 
  6. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.

    43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
    The King James version says that Goliath looked about David meaning David was so small that Goliath had to find him.

    Goliath is mad now why...
  7. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals! 

    45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
    Even after Goliath tells David all that he is going to do to him look what David says...

    He says those are some pretty fancy weapons you have there Goliath.  You have a sword, a spear, and a javelin.  So if I get close you can cut me with you sword, if i am not within sword distance you can throw your spear and if I try to run you can heave you javelin.  David says, inspite of all that I come to you in the name...

    How many times have the devil attacked you through all angles and with all types of weapons...how do you fight back...by staying rooted in Gods word. 
  8. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.

    47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.
    David is bolder and bolder! It was one thing to tell Saul he would kill Goliath (1 Samuel 17:36). It was an entirely different thing to tell Goliath he would kill him, and to say the Lord would do it this day.

    David was careful to say the Lord will deliver you into my hand. David was bold, but he was bold in God, not in himself. He knew that the battle belonged to the Lord

    Look what else David tells Goliath...

    47 At this point, it wasn’t enough for all the earth to know that there is a God in Israel. Israel needed to know that there was a God in Israel! Saul and the rest of the soldiers of Israel thought that the Lord only could save with sword and spear. They didn’t really believe that the battle is the Lord’s. David was about to give them some living proof!
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1 Samuel 17:33-50