The story of David and Goliath is one of the most well known and recited stories in all of history. Christians and Non-Christians alike are familiar with the story of the undersized, under protected, under manned David defeating the 9’9” giant known as Goliath.
Goliath and the Philistines had intimidated and dominated the people of Israel for so long and with such force that the Israelites were terrified and paralyzed. They had lost sight of the God that parts seas to protect them and wins impossible battles with ease.
It wasn’t until a small shepherd boy with mad sling shot skills and a resume that included lion and bear killing reminds them of the God that they serve. As David stands in front of the mighty Goliath and absorbs the giant’s taunts, he quickly puts things into spiritual perspective.
“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. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.” – 1 Samuel 17:45-46
The two rush at each other and David takes dead aim at Goliath’s massive head that was swollen both literally and figuratively. Needing only 1 of the 5 smooth stones he brought with him, David strikes the giant down and the place comes unglued.
The Israelites charge the retreating Philistines and God’s plan begins to play out in David’s life on a battle field he was never meant to be at in the first place. But before we tuck this story to bed and go on with our day there is a part of the story we skip over but is fascinating when you look at it.
It happens after the rock hits its mark and Goliath is either unconscious or stunned on the ground. David rushes his enemy and stands over the top of him, but this time he doesn’t use a stones. The time for stones was over.
“David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.” - 1 Samuel 17:51
Did you catch it?
Whose sword did David use?
The undersized, under manned, and under protected shepherd boy, David, takes the massive sword of Goliath and cuts the giant’s head off with it. The weapon that Goliath had intended to kill David with turns out to be the very weapon that would end his life.
God has a tendency to do that.
In fact, He did it with His own Son.
We mistakenly assign the cross exclusively to Jesus. In reality, this was a common device of torture and murder in the Roman world. In fact, history tell us that the Romans perfected crucifixion before Christ’s death and at one point they crucified 1,000 Spartan warriors at the same time along a roadside to prove a point. Rebels against Rome and this could be you.
Jesus was killed by that perfected crucifixion and although it was reserved for the worst of criminals it wasn’t used exclusively for Him.
But yet, Jesus used their weapon of death and torture to defeat them in the end. Three days after the soldiers had taken His lifeless body off that cross and assured He was sealed in a tomb, Jesus arose and beat them at their own game. But the goal was never to beat crucifixion it was always to beat sin.
Listen to the writer of Hebrews.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” - Hebrews 12:2-3
Jesus stood over the giant of sin that had torn the children of God away from Him and He killed it once and for all. Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection are what made sin null and void to the believer and left Satan on a battle field bloody and decapitated.
God still is doing that today.
God is able to use everything in our life and in this world for His glory. This means that he can somehow use our addiction, divorce, selfishness, pride, depression, and anything else this world throws at us to bring people back to Him. However, it all starts with us submitting to Him and giving up that control. Giving Him the permission through our repentance to use what was once destined to kill us to ultimately save us.
You and I can choose if that happens.
David chose to pick up the sword meant to kill him and cut the head off the evil in front of him. Jesus chose to take on the cross that was meant to humiliate, torture, and murder Him and now it rests as symbol of freedom and love to all believers.
What will your challenges end up looking like in your life?
Will they be what defines your end or will you use them to beat them at their own game and redefine your future?
Don’t lose heart…Jesus is still fighting for you.