1 Samuel 17:31-58
Talks for Growing Christians
David’s Victory Over Goliath
1 Samuel 17:31-58
Lesson Number 21
- God is not confined to conventional methods in spiritual warfare.
- God can use a believer’s former experience in spiritual warfare.
- Don’t practice fanciful interpretation of Scripture.
- Why does it seem at the end of the chapter that King Saul didn’t know David?
- Who do David and Goliath represent as an illustration of spiritual warfare?
- What was Saul’s response when David volunteered to fight Goliath?
- How did God use David’s former experience in his victory over Goliath?
- What principle can verse 48 teach us about spiritual warfare?
- One possible answer is that while Saul knew David as his harp player and armor bearer, now that he was about to become his son-in-law, Saul was asking about his lineage.
- Goliath represents satanic forces opposed to God’s people. David represents committed and courageous believers who are willing to step out in faith and fight the Goliaths.
- He objected that David was an untrained youth. He insisted that David wear his armor into battle.
- David became skilled in using a slingshot when he shepherded his sheep. David had killed a lion and bear while tending his sheep, which certainly gave David confidence and courage against Goliath.
- That David ran toward Goliath is an illustration of staying on the offensive in spiritual warfare.
- Discuss how David is ultimately a spiritual picture of Christ Himself who conquered Satan. A number of points were mentioned in the background section of this Talk.
- What former experience do you have that God can use in spiritual warfare? Have you seen this happen in your life?
- Don’t practice fanciful interpretation of Scripture, the story of David and Goliath is incredible as it is!
- “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.” 1 Samuel 17:35
- “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.” 1 Samuel 17:45
- “The battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47