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David & Goliath

October 5, 2014

Topic: Special Service Passage: 1 Samuel 17:1–17:58


  • Idea of an underdog versus the establishment
  • The larger Israelite army on the north of valley of Elah, while the smaller Philistine army on the south

Who are the characters?

  • Goliath: champion of the Philistine army, known for his height and strength
  • King Saul of the Israelites: an impressive young man without equal (1 Samuel 9:1-2, 1 Samuel 10:23-24)
  • David: a shepherd boy, a minor

1. God works in David's life to point us to Jesus the Shepherd

  • David is a Shepherd (v.32-35) who relies on God (v.36-37)
  • Through this passage, we are meant to see that David points to Jesus, the ultimate Shepherd who loves His people

2. God works through David's Life to Point us to Jesus the King

  • David is a worshipper at heart (v.43) who places his trust in God and reveres God (v.45-47)
  • David points us to Jesus, the ultimate King who leads His people

This passage reminds us that God works through ways that sometimes confuse the world. Who would have expected that a young man like David would be brave enough and triumph over Goliath, when all the experienced soldiers of Israelites cowered in fear? We too, like the Israelites, need deliverance. Jesus, the true Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep, and who is also our true King, ruling with all justice and power, was sent to overcome not only our greatest fears, but our greatest problem -- sin. 


Jesus has come into this world, has he come into your life?