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! Introduction
!! A.                 The war launched by the Philistines and the defiance of Goliath (v.1-11): Confronting an aggressive, frightening enemy (v.1-11)
Here we see David; a teenager alone, facing a danger so horrible that the bravest men of Israel would not face but fled in fear.
No one else faced a creature like Goliath, because Goliath was no ordinary man, the book of 2 Samuel tells us that Goliath had four brothers, one of whom had six fingers and six toes.
Obviously Goliath’s family was out of the ordinary.
They were not of mankind’s normal genetic stock.
They were human alright, but there was something different about them.
Scripture tells us that Goliath was six cubits and a span in height – almost ten feet tall!
This guy would bump his head on a basketball goal.
Goliath was remarkable in other ways to: According to the rabbinical commentary, he was a “champion” for ten years.
That meant he had killed at least one hundred men a year for ten years.
Even his armament was not ordinary.
His spear was the length of a weaver’s beam – 14 feet!
Its tip weighed as much as a college shot put – 16 pounds.
He wielded a guided missile!
Most of us could not even pick up the canin mail he wore – 148 pounds of it!
Think how intimidating it would be to have this guy towering over you!
And yet no young man has ever attacked a problem with greater vigor that David did.
When Goliath came out to David, the giant said: /"The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?”
And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.”(/1
Samuel 17:43-44).
David answered that he was coming against Goliath in the name of the true God (1 Samuel 17:45-50).
One of the most famous stories in the entire Bible, the story of David and Goliath, teaches us a great lesson which is: those who will trust God and call upon Him for power and help, victory and triumph are promised to the person.
David teaches us that we can defeat any oppressor and conquer any enemy through the power of God.
 
!!! 1.
The Philistines invaded Israel at Shochoh in Judah (v.1-3).
!!!! a)                  The invasion: /Saul and his army countered in the valley of Elah /(v.2)
!!!! b)                  The battle lines: /The armies faced each other on opposite hills surrounding the valley /(v.3).
!!!!! (1)                 *Picture the scene:* there were the Israelite forces, thousands and thousands of soldiers, battalion after battalion, standing in their battle lines.
Opposite them was an invading army of thousands who bitterly hated the Israelites and sought to enslave and subject them to serve the Philistine nation.
The Israelite forces knew they were in a fight for their very survival.
A spirit of apprehension and fear was bound to be gripping their hearts.
But an even greater fear was about to surge through their veins, a paralyzing fear.
!!! 2.                  The Philistines sent forth a giant warrior named Goliath who issued a hostile challenge to the Israelites (v.4-10)
!!!! a)                  His size: /Over 9 feet tall approximately 9ft. 9 inches /(v.4).
!!!! b)                  His armor (v.5-6)
!!!!! (1)                 A bronze helmet (v.5a)
!!!!! (2)                 A coat of scale armor that weighed 125 pounds (v.5b)
!!!!! (3)                 A pair of bronze leggings (v.6)
 
!!!! c)                  His weapon: /A bronze spear with a tip that weighed 15-16 pounds /(v.7a)
!!!! d)                  His shield: /An armor-bearer carried it before him/ (v.7b).
!!!! e)                  His defiant mockery: Why did the Israelites line up to fight when not a single soldier would face Goliath?  (v.8a)
!!!! f)                   His hostile challenge & aggressive proposal (v.8-10).
!!!!! (1)                 */Give me a man/*.
In other words, Goliath says the issue would be settled by the representative of each side.
Here we get another glimpse into the Bible.
The issue is not the Devil against the church but against God.
It’s Satan vs. Jesus.
!!!!! (2)                 The issue has already been settled by our Representative (Jesus Christ)!
 
!!!!! (3)                 David Is A Picture Of The Lord Jesus Christ, Who Overcame Satan At Calvary:
*Jesus overcame the Devil: *"Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it."
(Colossians 2:15, NKJV)
*Jesus overcame the flesh: *"knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
For he who has died has been freed from sin." (Romans 6:6-7, NKJV)
*Jesus overcame the world:* "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”"
(John 16:33, NKJV)
*Jesus overcame death:* “that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil," (Hebrews 2:14)… "O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
(1 Corinthians 15:55-57, NKJV)
 
!!!!! (4)                 David Is A Picture Of Child Of God Who Overcomes by Faith & Trust in Jesus:
*John writes in his first epistle:* "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith.
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 John 5:4-5)… "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
(1 John 4:4, NKJV)
 
!!!!! (5)                 If You Don’t Trust God, You Don’t Know Him Well Enough.
The more you know God—through studying His Word, meditating on His majestic person, and praying to Him—the more you will trust Him.
If you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and believe He is who He claims to be, and that all His promises are true, you will stand in the place of greatest blessing.
!!!!!! (a)                 This kind of faith or living hope can enable believers to rejoice even when they have been *grieved by various trials (1Peter 1:6-9).*
!!!!!! (b)                James says the trials themselves are occasions for joy (1:2-7)
 
!!!!! (6)                 The Continual Conquest – Daily Overcoming Which We Have
*Paul writes:* Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
(Romans 8:37)… Now thanks /be/ to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14) & … who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV)… who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age (Galatians 1:3-4 NKJV)
*Remember, our boasting is not in ourselves,* “God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
(Galatians 6:14 )
*And remember,* “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
(Romans 12:21 NKJV)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
!!! 3.                  Similarities to Our Lord Jesus Christ and David.
!!!! a)                  David was sanctified by the Spirit (Sam16:13).
!!!!! (1)                 Before he took up this battle he had been anointed by the Spirit of God. 
*After Samuel anointed him, we are told* "The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward."
(1 Samuel 16:13, NASB95)
!!!!! (2)                 Our Lord Jesus Christ, before He took up the battle on our behalf, He was anointed by the Spirit of God:
*Luke writes that *"After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”"
(Matthew 3:16-17, NASB95)
 
!!!! b)                  David was sent by his father to the battleground (1Sam.17:17).
!!!!! (1)                 David was sent from keeping the sheep, from the place of isolation, sent into public conflict.
!!!!! (2)                 It is said of our Lord Jesus Christ that “the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the World” (1John 4:14).
!!!! c)                  David was scorned by his brothers (1Sam.17:28).
!!!!! (1)                 When David arrived on the scene he was rejected by his own brothers.
!!!!! (2)                 What about our Lord Jesus Christ?
How was he accepted when he came to His own?
*John writes saying* "He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:11, NASB95)
*Isaiah says that *"He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3, NASB95)
 
!!!! d)                  David was strengthened by his past experiences (1Sam.17:32-37).
!!!!! (1)                 Saul challenged his credentials, saying that he could not go and fight against this Philistine, David told Saul of his past experiences when he kept his fathers sheep:
*David said to Saul,* “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.”
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