1 Samuel 17—19
Fear shakes the hands and hearts of the Israelites as they learn about Goliath, the great giant of their Philistine enemy. He eclipses God’s presence to the people, but not for David. Confidently aware of the presence of his God, far greater than the power of any giant, David stalks closer to his enemy. A tiny stone hurled with focus is enough to make the giant drop—how like the mustard seed of last Sunday’s parable!
If fear overwhelms God’s people, another destructive emotion, once small, now a “giant,”burns away in the heart of King Saul—jealousy. The Philistines are a relatively easy match for David; however, now he spends much of his time hiding from Saul as this wicked king pursues God’s anointed, instead of God’s enemies.
“Religious”people often chew each other up by jealousy and still another giant—gossip! Reflect upon the many lessons that these chapters can stir within you.
What are these?
I come in the name of God. 17:45
The battle belongs to You. 17:47
Trusting in the sling and stone 17:50
Souls united in You, Lord 18:1
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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