1 SAMUEL 17

 

Verse of the Week

“Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David,  “Go, and the Lord be with you!”” [1 Samuel 17: 37]

The Main Idea

In this passage we see the Philistines send out their greatest warrior Goliath, who was much bigger than all of the other men. As soon as the Israelites saw how huge Goliath was standing there in his armor they began to cower in fear. The people of Israel immediately began to look to themselves to measure up to Goliath's strength and stature. They quickly noticed that in themselves they were no match and that made them cower away. David comes into the picture and immediately thinks of nothing other than God’s strength. David didn’t look at the obstacles. David knew God’s strength and faithfulness. David was able to see past worldly strength and stature and lean not on his own strength, but on God’s strength and faithfulness.

Major Points

 

Point 1 - Real Strength

In this story we see what real strength is and where it comes from. We see the people of Israel looking to their strengths. When things looked challenging they didn’t see God’s glory they saw their weakness. Part of a growing relationship with Jesus is growing in His strength and righteousness. Growing in our faith isn’t about becoming stronger and more self-sufficient. Growing in faith isn’t about finding strength inside of ourselves. It’s about growing in our understanding of who we are, and who God is. Seeing the weakness, and sinfulness of our flesh should always lead us to growing in our need and total reliance on God’s strength, and righteousness. Real strength is found in our Lord and Savior Jesus. We must find our joy, strength, and purpose in Him.

 

Point 2 - Understanding God's Faithfulness

We see in this passage that David remembered times where when he was tending the sheep they were attacked by a lion and even a bear. David says in verse 37, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine”. Remembering God’s faithfulness gave him strength and courage in Him. We may not have times where God rescued us from a bear or lion. By reading God’s word we see his past faithfulness. Regardless of whether God has done some miraculous thing in your life to this point or not we should always remember God’s faithfulness in our salvation. We should never forget that God in spite of who we are and all that we have done saved us. That He sent His only son to die on a cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all who have and will come to faith in Him. That because of His grace and mercy we are no longer eternally dead in our sins but have eternal life and victory in His name. We should never grow past the Gospel, but rather we should always be growing deeper in our understanding of the Gospel. Understanding God’s faithfulness in our life will allow us to stand strong in Him in any circumstance.

Point 3 - Jesus is a Better David

The point of this story is not to look at the Goliath’s in everyone’s life and say be a David. David was anointed and used by God to help give the people of Israel victory over their biggest problem which was unbelief, not Goliath. David is only a foreshadow of Jesus who defeated the biggest problem of all people in the whole world, sin. This story like all of scripture reveals God’s character to us, and points us to our need for Jesus.

 

 

Question Bank

  1. What are some other stories from scripture of God doing something amazing with an ordinary person?
     

  2. Do people see your faith in Jesus in how you respond to trial and temptation? 
     

  3. Explain how God paints a picture of Jesus in this story. 
     

  4. Do you have a specific instance where God has shown his faithfulness to you in a past situation? In what way did this past example help you trust God in future struggles?
     

  5. How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?