Mo. 1/27/14: 1 Samuel 17:19, 23 – 24 What was the challenge?
Now Saul and (David’s brothers) and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. Then … there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, … and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.
What was the challenge? Fight me, man-to-man.
Tu. 1/28/14: 1 Samuel 17:26, 31 – 32 What was David’s reaction?
Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Now when the words which David spoke were heard, … Saul … sent for him. Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
What was David’s reaction? I will fight!
We. 1/29/14: 1 Samuel 17:37, 40 What was David’s armor?
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!”
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand.
What was David’s armor? David had no armor at all: only faith in God.
Th. 1/30/14: 1 Samuel 17:42 – 43, 45 What was David’s challenge?
And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
What was David’s challenge? David came in the name of the Lord his God.
Fr. 1/31/14: 1 Samuel 17:46 – 47 Whose battle was it?
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. … Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”Whose battle was it? The battle is the Lord’s! It was the Lord versus Goliath. May we accept this in our own lives.