Goliath’s Sword: God’s secret weapon.
Today I’d like to share a quick thought on Goliath’s sword and how God may have a secret weapon lined up for you when you need it most.
Let’s get to it.
The background of Goliath’s sword and the shepherd boy David.
Most of us are all too familiar with the story of David and Goliath: the event that put David on the map and in the pages of history.
This event and tale has become well known and well used in Christian and secular circles alike.
David, a small shepherd boy, takes down huge giant Philistine champion Goliath, saving Israel with just a few stones and a sling.
Well this was just the beginning of military victories for young David and not long after almost every woman in Israel was singing the hit single:
“Saul has killed his thousands
but David has killed his tens of thousand.”
What happened next
Well, fast forward a few years and the current King Saul started to get extremely jealous of young David. (Let’s just say the song didn’t help.)
Saul had hardened his heart and disobeyed God at a few crucial moments and as a result, God began to show his favour towards David, the next future King.
Saul made it his mission to hunt David down, kill him and therefore kill his chances of becoming King.
Seems pretty simple, right?
Well, David was a pretty slippery fella and with divine intervention saving his butt more than once, David was on the run, alive and well.
(Not to mention the fact that God has a secret weapon up his sleeve.)
Run David, Run.
After a few attempts of murder on Saul’s behalf, David made a pact with his BFF Jonathan and went into hiding.
We pick up the story in 1 Samuel 21.
“David went to the town of Nob to see Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he saw him. “Why are you alone?” he asked. “Why is no one with you?” ” (verse 1.)
The priest had an uneasy feeling about David running around as a lone wolf and suspected something was going on, but because of his respect and love for David, he helped him anyway.
David was famished and asked for some bread.
“We don’t have any regular bread” The priest replied, “but there is holy bread which you can have…”
Nice. Holy bread. Even better.
David then decided to chance his luck even more by asking…
“Do you have a spear or a sword? The king’s business was so urgent that I didn’t even have time to grab a weapon!” (verse 8.)
God’s secret weapon for David.
Can you imagine?
Think of the most ‘religious’ and ‘pious’ person you know of… Now imagine showing up at their door while you are on the run and asking them if they have a gun handy that you can borrow.
But the real crazy part is what Ahimelech the priest said next…
The sword of Goliath.
Although we have no exact details about Goliath’s sword it is safe to say that this thing was a beast of a weapon.
It’s original owner Goliath was “over nine feet tall…his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds… and the shaft of his spear was as thick and as heavy as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds.” (1 Samuel 17:4–7)
You can only guess that his sword was equally as impressive.
We can tell this by David’s reaction when he finds out the priest has it:
“There is nothing like it!” David replied, “Give it to me!”
Let’s just say he was pretty pumped up about this.
What’s the big deal?
Yes, David got a Goliath’s sword as a weapon and that’s great, but that’s not the truly significant thing about this passage.
What most ‘Sunday school’ lessons leave out is that it wasn’t a pebble that killed Goliath, that merely knocked him to the ground and David actually used the sword of Goliath to behead him.
“The stone sank in, and Goliath fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistines with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword out from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.” — 1 Samuel 17:49–51
This was the very same sword that David used to defeat a giant, save the nation of Israel and win the battle.
God giving David the sword at this point in the story was a reminder…
‘Don’t be afraid, I’ve got you. Remember how we killed a giant together?! Yeah Saul’s no big deal, he was too scared to fight Goliath and I won’t let him lay a finger on you.’
God has a secret weapon for you.
When I read this story I couldn’t help but feel this was an important message God wanted to share with us now in this season.
That God has a secret weapon stored away for us.
That even though some of us we are in a real tight spot, life isn’t going our way, we are backed up into the corner or on the run from some struggle….
God has a secret weapon for us and he’s holding it until we truly need it the most.
Something that we have forgotten about, but something or someone that will step in and act as a powerful reminder of the victory God has done before and how he is able to do it again.
“I will look back and see that you are faithful,
I look ahead, believing you are able.” (Lyrics from ‘I will look up’ by Elevation.)
I first shared this in Hope Church in January 2017 and I believe it’s a message for some of us in this season.
It may not be Goliath’s sword, but it will be exactly what we need to experience victory in this current battle in our lives.
Keep your eyes open and just like David: don’t be afraid to ask…
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