Only a boy named David

14 10 2012

At housegroup this week we were looking at Nehemiah 4, and opposition. As an example of a type of opposition we looked at the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

I don’t know about you, but there’s a lot of stories we learnt in Sunday school, that when I read again now I notice so many new and different things it’s like reading them for the first time! So thought I’d share some bits we picked out…

  • As a child, we’re taught that Goliath was a giant, or a big man, but what does that mean in numbers? Turns out this guy was 9 feet tall, that’s getting on for 3 metres!
  • We remember that David picked “five smooth stones” from the brook. I think I always translated this as five small stones, but we found in the footnotes of a study bible that each of these stones was larger than a cricket ball!
  • David smacked this guy square on the forehead in his first shot, not only this, he did this while running with a bag of 4 other heavy stones and his moving target running back at him!
  • When David finally convinces Saul to let him go and fight Goliath, Saul says “Go, and the Lord be with you”. We think this is great that Saul thought that God was what David needed to be able to win, but read on. The next line: “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him and a bronze helmet on his head.” Essentially, “God be with you, but just incase that doesn’t work, have all this stuff that stops you being able to move!”
  • Oh, and when it was all done, he chopped of Goliath’s head with a sword, anyone else remember that?!

As per usual, just a random collection of thoughts more than anything else 🙂

Oh, and then of course I couldn’t get this Sunday school classic out of my head all evening! Enjoy 🙂

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