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The Story of David and Goliath

The Israelites were looking across the valley and the Philistines were not coming down the slope. They aren’t coming! And at first, the men of Israel thought maybe they’ve won by forfeit.

But before they can celebrate, a sight unfolds before them, the likes of which they have never seen before. Something is moving down the slope. Something big. Something huge. It’s like a tree maybe or a mountain. Whatever it is, it is covered with bronze. It looks like a tank only they didn’t have tanks back then.

The thing got to the middle ground near the ravine and suddenly a shudder ran through the men of Israel. It’s a man. The biggest man they’ve ever seen. First Samuel describes him in detail. He stands six cubits and a span. That doesn’t mean anything to us but if you convert it to our system of measurement, it means he was 9 feet 9 inches tall. His name, of course, is Goliath. He wore a bronze helmet and a bronze coat of armor that weighed nearly 125 pounds. He wore bronze shin guards and had a bronze javelin slung over his back. The head of the spear had an iron point weighing 17 pounds.

Having gotten their attention, this is what Goliath says:

“Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other” (verses 8-10).

Verse 16 tells us that Goliath came out 40 days straight, twice a day, morning and evening, to challenge the men of Israel. Each day it was the same: No one would answer the challenge. God’s people were losing the battle before it started.

I imagine that the military men of Israel got together each night and tried to formulate a plan. I’m sure they talked strategy and tactics. Who would they send? When would they send him?

It only takes one giant to stop you as long as you look at life from the human level. Our lens picks up a giant ahead and suddenly he fills the whole screen until the giant is all we can see. Giants defeat us not because they’re big but because they make us feel small.

He gets there just as Goliath is making his daily rounds for the 40th time. This is pretty old stuff by now. Verse 23 says that Goliath was spouting his “usual defiance.” He comes out, makes a few threats, curses the men of Israel, and then goes back to his lines so he can toss off a couple of drinks at the Officer’s Club. But this time things will be different.

David hasn’t heard a thing about Goliath and his challenge. He’s just excited to be on the battlefield and away from those sheep. So he asks, “What’s going on? Why doesn’t somebody take care of that loud-mouth?” Look at the answer in verse 25: “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.” It’s not a bad deal except for the part about Saul’s daughter. She was no prize. But notice David’s answer. It’s the key to the whole story. “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26). Did you get that? “The armies of the living God.” Not “the armies of Saul” or “the armies of Israel.” That makes all the difference in the world. The soldiers are saying, “Do you see that guy? He’s like a mountain out there. You wouldn’t last five seconds.” David, don’t you see him? Yes, David sees him. But he also sees something else that nobody in the army of Israel had seen. David saw that Goliath was not only defying Israel, he was defying Israel’s God.

David looks at life differently. Israel saw Goliath—that brazen giant—as an immovable object. David saw him from God’s point-of-view. “He’s blocking the way of God. Let’s go get him.” David was no match for Goliath but when that uncircumcised Philistine took on God, he got in over his head. This is not braggadocio or big talk. No, it’s entirely different. This is a man who sees Goliath from above. It’s like looking down at Shaquille O’Neal from the top of the Sears Tower. At ground level, you look up at him. From the top floor, you need binoculars to find him. It’s all a matter of perspective.

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

He doesn’t return insult for insult or slander for slander. He doesn’t need to boast or to call names.  It’s not a fair fight.

2 perspectives in this world

- Negative/Pessimistic – Saul and all of Israel were terrified

- Gripped/Hopeful – David was a Giant Killer which led him to become the King all because He spoke it in the NAME above all names!

 

 

 

So I try not to get suckered in to TV shows because I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV. [does not mean I don't watch ANY TV though] When I am home with PT she tends to flip channels from one addicting show to the next. Tonight I got sucked in to watching The Buried Life on MTV. Now, I have seen this show before, but did not find it to be anything that was worth watching. Then this season finale episode came on and I was glued to the TV waiting to see if these guys were able to reach their goal.

The Buried Life is a reality show where 4 guys travel around the US trying to cross off another thing off of their “to-do” list. They have 100 things they want to do before they die…

1. Open the Six O’clock News

15. Get on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine

43. Become a Knight for the day

76. Go dog sledding

78. fall in love

99. Host SNL

Just to name a few of them!

I tried to do a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days but they are not as extreme as The Buried Life. I challenge you to do a list like this and try to accomplish them as soon as you can.

I think the thing that I enjoyed the most about the show was that they were willing to give away the money they won/earned for charity sake. I think them doing good for people is what most impressed me about the show. Where is generosity these days? Where is compassion these days? Where is selflessness these days?

My life be like…ooooohhh ahhhhhh oooooooh!

What should you be mindful of this day…
2006 Dow closes above 11,800 for the first time
1997 Farm Aid 10 concert cancelled due to weak ticket sales
1996 Shahid Afridi scores century in 37 balls for Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka
1995 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
1995 Jim Leyritz homers with a man on in 15th inning to give Yankees 2-0 Division Series lead over Mariners
1994 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+
1994 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting
1994 Soyuz TM-20 launches
1993 Troops of President Yelsin occupy Russian White House (parliament)
1992 “Anna Karenina” closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 46 performances
1992 “Real Inspector Hound” closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 61 performances
1992 1st time AL East and West champs have same record (96-66)-Tor and Oak
1992 2nd Solheim Cup: Europe beats U.S., 11 -6 at Dalmahoy CC Scotland
1992 El Al cargo plane crashes at Amsterdam Bijlmer, 43 die
1992 Miami Dolphen Louis Oliver returns record tying interception 103 yards
1991 NHL New York Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton for Mark Messier
1991 San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
1991 Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
1990 “Stand Up Tragedy” opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 13 performances
1989 Giants Will Clark hits 1st NLCS grand slam since 1977
1989 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1988 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
1987 1st “Scrub Sunday” of NFL football with replacement players
1987 Blues Jays lose final 7 games allowing Tigers to win AL pennant
1987 James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)
1986 New York Yankee Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves
1986 Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
1986 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
1985 Henry G. Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
1985 Shite Moslems claim to have killed hostage William Buckley – CIA station chief in Beirut
1984 U.S. government closes down due to budget problems
1984 Yankees clinch AL East
1983 Richard Noble reaches record 1019 kph in jet-powered car
1982 Helmut Kohl elected chancellor of West Germany
1981 Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ
1981 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
1981 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest International gymnastics participant

What are some ways that we can be mindful of other people through our week?

1. As you are doing your normal social networking, take time to post some kind of awareness statistics for a social injustice cause (ie: TOMS shoes, RED campaign, Breast Cancer Awareness (October), Compassion International, Not 4 Sale Human Trafficking campaign)

2. Scroll through your cell phone contacts and send a text to ask how you could be praying for 10 of your friends you have not spoken to in more than month.

3. Fast from eating out for one week and take the money you save to buy canned goods to give to the local food pantry.

Mindful Monday

Posted: February 25, 2010 in General
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Well, I have yet to write a Mindful Monday post since I’ve changed my topical series. Time and thoughts have not aligned long enough for me to get anything out on the blog.

So I am going to feed off of the topic we attempted to cover at Solomon’s Porch on Monday night in Parlor. The attendance was very low but the discussion among those that were there was genuine and honest. Ok – so you weren’t there so you’re wondering what the topic was…”Red and Yellow, Black and White…An Issue of Race.”

We established that there is no place in scripture that God talks about the different races. The only place that we see in scripture that God chose to make us different among each other was at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). This is when the people began to speak in many different languages and from there they divided and became the different nations all over the earth.

We are all created in the image of God so if you put that perspective in to play at the general assumption of racism then we’re telling God that His children are not worthy of respect. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27)

There is a scripture that tells us to love our neighbor…”To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”(Mark 12:33) This doesn’t limit us to those who are only in our own race.

From the discussion and personal experience, we learned that many times this tension between two races comes from differences in upbringing and culture. We begin to judge their culture and not so much their skin color. So does that make it a racial issue? If so, how do you over come that? What is the proper way to learn and appreciate someone else’s culture without insulting them?

Another touchy issue when you’re talking about racism, especially in the south, is people today (my generation) is trying to live according to what they have learned and been told by their parents or grandparents during their time when racism was a huge issue due to segregation. I try not to talk about some of the history of racism…not to ignore it…but so that I am not speaking out of ignorance. History and the past is important to embrace and to acknowledge but some times that becomes bondage to us.

So what do we do now? The best that I can understand is that we love our neighbors as ourselves and we give grace where it needs to be given. That is what the bible tells us to do!