This story has been told so many times and I laugh at the way it is used for any type of application. The children’s versions leave out the way Goliath actually died…it wasn’t from the stone but the sword. Try cutting off Goliaths head on a felt board…that will get the kids attention! I have always wondered why David picked up five stones, maybe it was to kill Goliaths other four brothers (told in another part of the bible) or maybe he was not sure of his shot? I also have wondered about the number ten for the loaves iof bread and the cuts of cheese that Jesse had David take to the field. Numbers are not random in the Scriptures and they usually point to some very significant imagery. Another number that I find fascinating is the size of goliath. In the text, it says that he is 6 cubits and 1 span (about 9 feet tall) but the older and more accurate Dead Sea Scrolls say he was 4 cubits and 1 span (about 6’6”). So how tall do you think he was?
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.