August 11, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 17:32-58

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SAA Notes

David comes and does what the Christ should do – deliver his people from their enemies. David is revealed to Israel as the Messiah or the Christ of Israel. The point about Saul not seeming to know who David is, is that in such a culture, when a young man does something really brave or outstanding, you praise his father, not the young man. It’s the father who has produced such a son. Notice Saul does not say “Who is this?”, but “Whose son is this?”

SJA Notes

And the giant comes tumbling down.

The general details of this story are well known, for good reason! This is a pivotal moment in the history of God’s people.

The world gets it wrong. It is not that David killed Goliath with a sling that is so very important (although it is in itself amazing). It is not that David was not wearing a sword. It is not that David looked within himself for the strength to overcome his “Goliath”.

The truth of the matter is that the LORD is at work. He is the one who saves, the battle is His.

David is the right-heart vehicle for God’s purposes. Those words of his resound through history,

“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, …”

Once more we see here that the Lord turns things upside down to how we would think everything should go. Martial strength means nothing, neither does personal strength or battle frenzy (which it seems everyone else on both sides leant toward, either pride in Goliath or fear of the giant).

What matters instead is whether we can say with certainty, because our hearts and fixed and founded in the Lord, “For the battle is the LORD’s”!

* Dear Lord God,

You are without equal, there are none like You.

You do not look on the things that the world looks on, but on the heart.

You do not work as the world works, You choose the little and the small, the forgotten and humble.

Lord please help us today to be humble servants of You, the King and kings, the creator God.

Thank You for Your word Lord God. Please plant it deep down and grow it, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.

Amen.

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