David and Goliath

May 8, 2022

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This week we are going to begin a new series at Hope. It’s a series based on several of the events of David’s life. Some of these accounts will be familiar to you, a couple of them, I think, may be completely new.

I’d like to give you an explanation for why we’re covering David. it’s certainly true that it’s full of action and drama. (Just read the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45-54. ) I suppose that’s a reason to study David! It’s also true that David’s life is a story of sin and grace. A story of a man who was sometimes incredibly faithful to his God, and at times incredibly unfaithful. Another very worth reason to dive in!

However, the reason that we are going to get into David’s life is not to look at David and his life. We’re going to look at God and our lives. Through each account we’ll see one thing repeated over and over. God is working in our lives. For our good- our physical good and much more importantly, our eternal good. 

Yes, I invite you to come and see David this Sunday, the man from Bethlehem who stood up to Goliath in the place of the Israelite army. Much more, though, I invite you to come and see Jesus, the man from Bethlehem who stepped into our place and won the victory over death forever. 

1 Samuel 17:45-52

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. 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 Lordsaves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand, he struck down the Philistine and killed him. 51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.