A New Goliath – Part 1

goliath 3I have thought and prayed over this for several months. There is something we all share in common. There is something weighing on all of our minds and hearts. With the exception of a few Christian bloggers, few are discussing it.

I like to take just a moment to remind you of two familiar stories about David. In 1 Samuel 17 we see the Philistine and the Israeli Armies on opposite hills in a face off. The Philistine champion was named Goliath. He stood nine feet and ten inches tall (For most of us we brush over that as if he is only the size of one of our professional basketball players and don’t take the time to comprehend just how tall the was. Next time you are in a home improvement store, go to the molding aisle and pick up a piece of 10 foot molding and stand next to it. See just how big Goliath was). When you are fitted for your armor you are given that which you can handle with the greatest of ease. In Goliath’s case his sword was longer and heavier than most, his spear was longer that he was tall, and the head of the spear was cone-shaped weighing about eighteen pounds. His armor weighed in at over 250 pounds, more than the average soldier can pick up on a good day.

“Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelite’s were dismayed and terrified.” 1 Samuel 17:8-11

 Please read that scripture again. This time read it out loud, with emphasis and sarcasm in your voice. This is what the Israelite army heard, not once, but for forty days both morning and night. They went to bed hearing it, and woke up hearing it.

Notice how Saul’s army was feeling—dismayed and terrified. If you look these two words up in the Hebrew, they simply mean, shattered, broken, greatly afraid, and trembling excessively.

Now I ask, if you were taunted twice every day how would you feel? You are waiting and hoping someone, anyone but you will answer the call. No one does. You hear murmurs among the others saying, “We can’t fight him; he’s way too big for any of us.” Pushing each other saying, “You go–No you go!–I’m not going!–I want to go homeWe are all going to die! The Philistine’s knew they would beat you with Goliath’s strength and you knew it too. The foundations of your world are being destroyed. Fear has you hypnotized.

Well, we know how the story turned out don’t we. God sent a lad named David with a slingshot to defeat this huge tormentor and end his relentless persecution. David trusted God and did not fear the enemy.

So Jonathan told David saying,“Saul my father is seeking to put you to death.

Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning,

and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.

1 Samuel 19:2

Goliath was David’s first victory in battle. Many others followed. Now he faced a new enemy that frightened him. King Saul was God’s anointed king. He knew that he was beginning to lose his anointing and that someone would take his place. He believed it would be David’s older brother, Eliab. When Saul became jealous of David and assumed he wanted his throne he sought to kill David.

Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch until morning so he could kill him. Michal, David’s wife, also Saul’s daughter, let David down a rope so he could escape. In the morning Michal told the messengers he was in bed sick. When they checked, they found what they thought was David covered up because they could see his hair; actually it was goats hair made to look like David’s hair. When Saul heard this he sent the messengers back to the house to bring him in the bed so that he could kill him. He was furious for his daughter’s deception. (1 Samuel 19:11-12)

He tried to pin David to a wall by throwing a spear at him. David escaped. (1 Samuel 20:33)

Saul continued to pursue him, to kill him. There is controversy over how long this pursuit lasted. Some say eighteen months while others say fifteen years. The time doesn’t matter as much as David’s panic. David lived in constant fear. He continued to run like, as we say in the South, a scalded dog.

You know the rest of the story. Saul is confronted by David, who now was holding a piece his garment. David sliced off a piece while Saul was relieving himself to show that David meant him no harm. In fact, David bowed before Saul in honor of the anointing of God on this king. David saved Saul’s life more than once.

These are two different stories of David. One is as victor, and one the foundations of David’s world are crumbling. He lived in fear. Have you ever been in either, or both, of these circumstances? Have you ever felt like the foundations of your world were crumbling? Did you know what to do and how to handle it?

In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”  Psalm 11:1-3

goliath 4We have a New Goliath on the loose¾He stands and taunts us every 83 days with another killing somewhere in our world. He is huge and stands in the same defiance of the True God that the Philistines did. You’ve heard of all these evil killings and the hatred that has developed over the last several years; especially the killing of those who will not follow Islam. In particular Christian believers.

I don’t have to go into a lot of detail to make my point. You know what is happening and if you are like the Israelite’s—like David—like me—you are scared. You just don’t know what to do.

If you read the news, ISIS is NOW going to kill Christian’s in their places of worship. In fact a Catholic priest was murdered this past week in France while holding mass. Nuns were used as human shields to protect these cowards while they fought off the police.

The foundations of our world are being destroyed before our very eyes.

David asked a very important question in this Psalm 11. “ When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The authorities say ISIS is already in all fifty states of our union. They will begin to attack us on a regular basis. So what can I do as a Christian? What can the body of Christ do when the foundations of our world are crumbling?

This is Part 1 of this discussion and what has been on my heart and mind for months. In Part 2, I will discuss some of the answers. I would like you to ponder the following questions and have your comments ready for my next post.

I leave these questions with you?

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

  1. Based on these two verses of Scripture, Do we have right to be afraid?

2. As did David, should we stand against those who want to kill us? Why, or Why not? How can we stand against them?

3. What can the righteous do?

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36 thoughts on “A New Goliath – Part 1

  1. I am praying for Peace, for the guidance of God, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Recently on Reba McIntyre’s fb page I read her comment about and heard the song she created
    Pray for Peace.

    • Dit is één van de grootste verhalen die we leren uit de kindertijd in de kerk. 1 en de volgende verzen: U kunt bthe verhaal van Golaith in 1 Samuel hoofdstuk 17 te vinden. Als u de volgende hoofdstukken leest u de vele veldslagen van David en zijn overwinningen te vinden. Vanaf hoofdstuk 19 vindt u het tweede verhaal ontvouwen, waar Saul wil David doden te zien. Vooral Hoofdstuk 24 is waar Saul herbeleeft zichzelf en David snijdt een stuk van zijn kleed, terwijl hij dit te doen. Ze zijn allebei boeiende verhalen. Laat het me weten als je ze hebt gelezen. Ik zal die interesse heeft om te weten wat je denkt. Bedankt voor je commentaar.
      This is one of the premier stories we learn from childhood in church. You can find bthe story of Golaith in 1 Samuel chapter 17:1 and the following verses. If you will read the following chapters you will find the many battles of David and his victories. Starting in chapter 19 you will see the second story unfolding where Saul wants to kill David. Especially Chapter 24 is where Saul relives himself and David cuts off a piece of his garment while he doing so. They are both fascinating stories. Let me know when you finish reading them. I will be intersted in knowing what you think. Thanks for your comment.

  2. I have always taught my children that they have to do what must be done. If they see someone being attacked in an alley, they must step in. Now, they’re both in the military. I guess they believed me. I wonder if I have that courage.

    • Thanks for your comment Jacqui. You’ve trained your children well. I believe if we don’t get our world under control many of us will find what courage we have. Our strength comes from above.

  3. This is a great post. So well said. I look forward to part two. I take some comfort in the fact that some people are speaking about it. One of the scariest things about fear is when everyone is afraid to speak.

    • What a good comment. You are so right. We must bring it to the front of our conversations. With uncertainty even in our election this fall we need to be prepared physically, emotionally and especially spiritually.

  4. Yep, that is definitely a Goliath you’ve put up there!

    My personal opinion is that Islam is the multi-headed dragon spoken of in Revelation, a modern-day version of Ba’al.

    I still think we, as Christians, have to fight it. Countless are lost to it, and because of it, that might have been saved.

    • So very true Ness. Haven’t thought of it being the dragon but it’s certainly something to think about and do more study on. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Based on these two verses of Scripture, Do we have right to be afraid?

    Fear is of the devil, this we know, but we’re human and that is a natural reaction, but whom shall I fear if God is with me.

    2. As did David, should we stand against those who want to kill us? Why, or Why not? How can we stand against them?
    We should stand against those who want to kill us, as my 11 year old said in a class discussion, during his religion class, he said if ISIS came in and said would u die for Jesus, he boldly answered yes because He died for us. I was in awe of his answer. Wow!! Childlike faith is what He wants us to have.
    3. What can the righteous do?
    Have faith and be faithful

    I don’t know if these answers are correct, I just wrote what was on my heart. Amen!

    • Thank you for your heart and especially that of your 11 year old. He is a precious child of God. I love his faith. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer so speaking from your heart is perfect. The point is to draw close to the Lord and let Him guide you. Blessings!

  6. God’s Word is the only true ‘sword’ anyone needs. Armed power and threats will not win in the day of battle. God’s Word says, “Some trust in horse, others in chariots, but I trust in the Name of the Lord my God.” Those were words of the Psalmist in Psalm 20:7.

    Thank you for reminding us of this new ‘Goliath’…and that you used this analogy is surely no mistake, for just as Goliath fell, so will this ‘goliath’ fall. God will see to it..

    Two scriptures come to mind as I read this post: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” 1 Timothy 1;7, and….”The wicked flee — though no one pursues them…the righteous are bold as a lion!” Proverbs 28:1…

    Family of God…it is TIME…for the Lord’s people to stand in His power which moves heaven and earth …the power of PRAYER… and to cry out in faith united for His sure rescue. God hears our cries. He always has and always will route the enemies of His people. God cannot be mocked. Evildoers will reap what they have sowed. Those who live by the sword will die by it. As I hear of many ISIS fighters being taken out…I can hear Satan’s eerie welcome to them: “Welcome to hell…” There is NO escape for the wicked. Job 11:20

    Praying with you and all of God’s great ‘army’ for the armies of heaven…angels in chariots of fire to come to our aid throughout the earth.. Like David, we shall have the ‘small stones’ of God’s WORD and it will shatter every evil. As Elijah told his servant when armies threatened viciously on every side: “There are more WITH us than against us…” 2 Kings 6:16. And as God tells us …if He is FOR us…who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. Let us stand in faith and see our God’s victory, for His victory is certain.

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  8. Awesome post, Andy. Thanks for having the courage to speak out. We have to take our fear and hand it over to the Lord who repeatedly tells us in scripture to “fear not.” But we also have to be willing to be like David and fight too. Looking forward to reading part 2.

  9. Good questions, Andy. I see no harm in taking the military steps necessary to protect and defend ourselves and others. It is with the Lord’s approval that we follow the laws set forth by people in positions of authority on earth unless they conflict with the laws of God.

    However, we know we will probably never rid the world of ISIS nor any other evil as widespread as evil is. But that’s not our job…”vengeance belongs to the Lord.” He will give each His just due, both the good and the evil, in His time. We wait for that time…

    Steve

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