12/12/13 - A Giant Problem

1 Samuel 17:45-47 - Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and 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 taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you.

As a child, the story of David and Goliath was my favorite story in the entire Bible.  There is something epic and awe inspiring about it.  The arrogant and defiant giant standing on one side, scoffing at this impudent young kid with a sling shot, and the small, bold and courageous boy standing on the other, is a scene that is simply mesmerizing. 

I can just see all of the Israelites hiding and watching.  If they were hopeless before, they must have been even more so now.  When David loses they will be slaves.  Surely he has no chance, surely there will only be one outcome, and surely they are watching their own demise.  Did they pray?  Did they hope against hope that some way, somehow, this kid could actually defeat the giant?  Did they play out scenarios hoping that the giant might trip, or drop his spear?

Did they know what they were about to see?  Did they understand when Goliath fell that they were seeing physically what one day Christ would do spiritually?

Could they have known that this young boy would one day pave the way for their true King?