“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
“Am I a dog that you should come against me with a stick?” Goliath accosts the Israelite youth who’s come out against him. “BaAl-rAGoN accept your cursed flesh from me as a willing sacrifice! Come, and I’ll feed you to the flying beasts of the air which ever crave your flesh.”
David appears unflinching. “These thirty and nine days you have come requesting a man to battle against. A man whom if you defeat would subject the sons of Israel to the servitude of the Philistines.
“No Goliath, we will not be your servants, neither will you be ours. When I lift your head to the skies, my brothers will find the liberty to do the same to yours. You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a shield. I rather come to you only in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Yahweh is His name.”
Saul senses a dissonance between David’s steps and his words but hopes he hasn’t noticed right.
“This day will find God deliver you into my hand, Goliath. I will smite you, and take your head from you. Hopefully, the flesh of the Philistine army will suffice for the fowls of the air, and the wild beasts of the earth. This Yahweh will do that all may know that there is a God in Israel, and this gathering of warriors will know that He saves not with swords and spears: for the battle belongs to the LORD, and he will give you into our hands.”
The battle of words ends with the beginning of the battle of weapons, hands, skills, grit, and heart. David being at a disadvantage in size attempts watching for a weakness of Goliath’s as he moves towards the giant. The giant, on the other hand, decides that a man with such swelling words isn’t to be blinked at. This isn’t the first he’s heard of Israel’s God.
In a split second, Goliath goes three steps forward and sends his spear flying towards David.
No! Preoccupied with finding the giant’s weakness, David fails to foresee this move from him. He makes a quick attempt to swerve away from the approach of the giant’s spear but knows, as he moves, that his attempt at escape is futile…
A shrill cry.
A thump to the ground.
Most of Israel gasps.
The rest cry out.
David is down.
Saul declares, “O Israel, our hope is destroyed!”
Never let fear have a run at you.
To be contd…