1 Samuel 17:1-30
Talks for Growing Christians
Goliath Presents a Challenge to the Army of Israel
1 Samuel 17:1-30
Lesson Number 20
- The enemy will always have his Goliaths.
- The Lord will always have His Davids.
- Let’s fight the Goliaths and not our brothers!
- Where is the Valley of Elah?
- How tall was Goliath? How much did his armor weigh? How much did the head of his spear weigh?
- What was Goliath’s challenge to the Israelites?
- What would be given to the man who defeated Goliath?
- What do the battles in the Old Testament between God’s people Israel and their enemies represent?
- What does the number 40 represent in Scripture?
- About 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem
- He was 9’ 9” tall. His armor weighed about 125 pounds and his spear about 16 pounds.
- Goliath challenged the Israelites to send out a warrior for a contest, which would determine the outcome of the battle. This was a common strategy in the ancient world.
- King Saul had promised to give the champion his daughter as a wife. Furthermore, he would be made wealthy and his family would be tax-free.
- They generally illustrate some aspect of our spiritual warfare.
- It is the number of testing.
- Secular science is one of Satan’s “Goliaths” facing us in spiritual warfare today. Can you list some other giants of the Enemy?
- David did not waste time arguing when his brother questioned his motives. Have fellow believers ever misread your motives? Did you focus on fighting the Goliath rather than your brothers?
- God raises up Davids to fight the spiritual battle against the enemy. Are you willing and prepared to fight?
- “And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.” 1 Samuel 17:4
- “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:23