When I was a small child I put this Bible story poem to memory:
“Only a boy named David, only a little sling.
Only a boy named David, but he could play and sing.
Only a boy named David, only a rippling brook.
Only a boy named David, and five little stones he took!
And one little stone went in to the sling, and the sling went round and round.
And one little stone went up in the air and the giant came tumbling down.”
In the Book of 1 Samuel chapter 17 in the Hebrew Scriptures, we have the thrilling story of David, the modest shepherd boy who stood up to Goliath, the arrogant giant of Gath. The drama of that event so occupies our attention that the spiritual lessons contained in the more minute details may escape our notice. For instance, what is the importance of the expression “five smooth stones?” Why more than one stone? Certainly, he needed only a single, small pebble to accomplish his mission. Perhaps David was preparing for something more.
And what about the Philistine giant? Was he the only one or were there more? David was certainly an unlikely candidate to face the giant alone, especially when the whole army of Israel was standing back letting him go it alone. There is so much more to this story than meets the casual observer. When Goliath came against the Israelites, the other soldiers must have all thought, “He’s so big we can never take him on.” Perhaps young David looked at the same giant and thought, “He’s so big I can’t miss!”
This coming Sunday as I continue my current series “Did You Get My Text? Decoding Some of the Most Misunderstood Stories in the Bible,” we will go back to this ancient story and see what we have missed, and also discover what the deeper meaning in this text is for us today!
What do John Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Kirstie Alley have in common? They are famous practitioners of Scientology. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. we will explore Scientology in the seventh session of the Summer Institute of Religious Studies. I invite you to join us for this special study in the Christian Life Center Gym. Nursery and toddler care are available and remember: Wednesday night programming has resumed for the fall. That means your older children can participate in Kids Town and RESET events.
May your week be filled with the richest blessings of God. I look forward to seeing you tonight or in worship this Sunday!