When I say David & Goliath, what comes to your mind? I assure there is way more to the story than what we were taught and led to believe. Which is why it is refreshing to dig for deeper connections in Scripture. For example, I listened to Brad Scott‘s recent teaching, ‘Sons of God, Giants and The New World Order.’ (I highly recommend it.) Scott asks the question, is it just a coincidence that David beheaded Goliath, and that the Son of Man was crucified on a hill called ‘Golgotha’ which means skull place? (Matt 27:23, Mark 15:22, John 19:17) Recall the Word spoken by The Creator, when He pronounced the epic struggle throughout time from Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise His heel.” So, when The Son died on Golgotha, He crushed the head of the serpent! (So much more on that, however, that’s not my topic!)
Why did David gather 5 smooth stones?
And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. (1Sa 17:40)
Do you have any giants in your life that you are facing? Maybe we could learn a little from David and his ‘5 smooth stones.’
Perhaps, and I say perhaps, David was ready to take down more than just Goliath! Did you know about the other 4 giants in Scripture? Keep in mind, all I’m touching on is just one level of understanding. There is more to dig as we grow!
Giant #1: Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
When you dig deeper into the root of his name we find: To work over another as a mocking or abuse, defiled. Hmmm! Gossip, ‘trash talk,’ to be abused by another by others; literally, physically, verbally, and ‘other-ally.’ Likewise we have all done it!
However, didn’t the Son of Man, take all that upon Him as well, for us? It’s time to crush the head of that serpent that has you and me bound up and accept the gift Our Father has given us in His Son and what He did! Blessed Be He! Cut that head off and stop those voices taunting you!
Giant # 2: Ishbi-Ben-Ob (2 Samuel 21:6)
The name means “my dwelling is on the heights, I belong above.” Can you say pride? We’ve all had it, flaunted it and at the same time we’ve all been crushed by it from another.
It’s a tool of the enemy. Recall when The Adversary took ‘The Son of Man’ up to the high mountain to test Him:
‘And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.’ (Luke 4:5)
Yahshua hates it when someone Lords over another!
‘Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” (Rev 2:6)
Is it time to take a smooth stone out of your pouch and take this giant down out of your life? Many have ‘lorded over us’ in the past (Matt 20:25), in religion, relationships etc. At the same time, we too have done the same to others. Let’s cut that head off now and stop those voices tempting us to do it again or to remind us that we need to be submissive to another. Didn’t The Son of Man take that one down as well?
Giant# 3: Saph (2 Samuel 21:18)
The name means “door or dish, a doorkeeper to wait at the threshold.” Seems pretty innocuous, until you examine what ‘door’ you are trusting in and what house is that door attached to? Think about a door. It has two sides, and swings both ways. If you will, we could use it as an analogy for being ‘double minded.’ Ever say one thing and do another? Some Scriptures should be flaring up in your Spirit, such as:
‘A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.’ (Jas 1:8)
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev 3:15-16)
“And Elijah came near to all the people and said, ‘How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If YHVH is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.'” (1Ki 18:21)
Take out one of the smooth stones in your pouch and take this giant down out of your life and be single focused!
‘When the days drew near for him to be taken up, He set his face to go to Jerusalem.’ (Luk 9:51)
Remember Lot’s wife! Why would He want us to remember her? We all have a tendency to look back while walking/running forward! That’s not a good idea!
“For the Sovereign Yahweh will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” (Isa 50:7)
Three giants and 3 smooth stones; next week, we’ll look into the other 2.