Lessons From a Severed Head

Most of us are familiar with the record of David and Goliath recorded for us in I Samuel the seventeenth chapter.  The Philistines were gathered on a mountain overloDavid and Goliathoking a valley.  Their enemy, the Israelites, were gathered on a mountain on the opposite side of the valley.  Goliath, a giant from the Philistines, taunted the Israelites.  He told the Israelites that if they had a man who would kill him the Philistines would be servants to the Israelites.  The Israelites became afraid at Goliath’s words.

When a young boy named David took food to the Israelites, he heard Goliath’s challenge to the Israelites.  David killed Goliath.  What David did next serves as one of the greatest object lessons of all time!  David cut off Goliath’s head.  A gruesome sight?  No doubt.  Repulsive?  Maybe.  But watch what happens next! David then took Goliath’s head to Jerusalem.  Why was it so important for David to take Goliath’s head to Jerusalem?  What purpose could this possibly serve? He wanted the Jebusites (who occupied Jerusalem at the time) to learn a lesson from what they saw.

Goliath’s head serves as an object lesson for us today.  It teaches us that those who defy God will eventually be defeated (I Samuel 17:26).   It teaches us that there is no limit to what we can accomplish when we overcome our fears (I Samuel 17:32).  It teaches us that the same God who provided us with past victories will provide us with future victories (I Samuel 34-37).  It teaches us that things that at first appear small and insignificant become great and powerful when we trust in God (I Samuel 17:49-50).

Today, I am thankful for the lessons I can earn from David and his victory over Goliath!

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