DAVID AND THE GIANT

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    [1 Samuel:17:1-58].

    Lesson No.: 
    59
    Class: 
    Elementary
    Memory Verse: 

    “I  can  do  all  things  through  Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

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    Fear of the Enemies
    There were some people who were always troubling the Israelites. The armies were ready for a battle. The enemy stood on a mountain on one side and the Israelites stood on a mountain facing them.

    A big man, a “champion” named Goliath, came out of the camp of the enemy and dared the Israelites. He had a brass helmet upon his head. He had a coat of metal scales, that was very strong and very heavy. His legs were covered with metal, and also his shoulders. He carried a great, strong spear in his hand. A man went in front of him with a shield. He went out before the army of the Israelites and asked them why they had come out to fight, meaning that they were too weak. He said that they should send a man to fight him. King Saul and the people were afraid of this man. The giant came every morning and evening for forty days. No doubt he was sure that there was no one who would come and fight with him.

    David was taking care of the sheep when his brothers went to the battle. One day David’s father told him to take some food to his brothers and to the captain.

    David’s Faith
    When David came there they were getting ready for the battle. The giant came out and again asked for a man to fight him. David heard what the giant said, and David said he would fight him. David was not afraid, because he was trusting God to help him. The brothers were angry at him for coming out to the battle. David said he had done no wrong in coming; he knew that his father had sent him.

    The king was told about David and sent for him. David told the king that he would fight the giant. Saul told David that he was not strong enough. David told the king that he had killed a lion and a bear that were trying to take the sheep. He said God had protected him from the lion and the bear, and He would protect him from the giant.

    In the Name of the Lord
    Saul put a heavy coat of metal scales on David, and a helmet on his head, and gave him a great sword, too. But David did not want Saul’s armour and sword, for he had not proved them. And he took them all off. David took his shepherd’s staff in his hand. Then he picked out five smooth stones from the brook and put them into a shepherd’s bag. With the sling in his hand he went toward the giant. When the giant saw little David he said: “Am I a dog, that though comest to me with staves?” And he cursed David.

    David told the giant, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defied.”

    The giant came toward David; and David took a stone from his bag, and with his sling he killed the giant. Then David took the giant’s sword and cut off his head. When the enemy saw that their giant was killed they were afraid and ran away. The Israelites had won a great battle because David trusted in God’s help rather than in a sword or spear, or in his own strength as the giant had done.

    Trusting in God
    Many years ago, a quiet little village was notified that an enemy army was coming against them. The people feared that the village would be burned and the people killed. The men took their weapons, determined to defend their homes as long as possible. Outside the village, apart by itself there stood a tiny wooden hut, where an old woman lived with her little grandson, Wilhelm. The boy brought the news of the danger on his return from school. “What shall we do, Granny? They will kill and burn everything. If only my father were living he would fight for us and defend us. I am only a little boy, and you are old and weak; had we not better seek shelter in the village?” “ No, my boy,” the grandmother replied. “We must put our trust in God. We are safer here in our heavenly Father’s keeping than we should be in the village among the armed men. Get the Bible and read our evening chapter.”

    The boy read the second chapter of Zechariah, till he came to the words, “For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about.” “What does it mean, Grandmother?” Said Wilhelm. “God has His own way of protecting His trusting children,” replied the grandmother. “I know not how.” They knelt in prayer, the old woman committing themselves and their little home to the Father’s care. They both slept calmly that night. When morning came it was still dark, and they found that in the night there had been a heavy fall of snow, and they could not get out. The boy was frightened, but his grandmother told him not to be afraid; they had a store of wood, and food enough to last some days. After the second night they managed to shovel away some of the snow, and found that they had been completely buried; the storm had drifted the pure white snow high over roof and chimney and all. They were glad to get out into the sunshine, and went joyfully to the village.

    They found the village deserted; many of their neighbours were lying dead on the ground, and no one was to be seen. At last they came upon a wounded man who told them that the enemy had come in the night, marched noiselessly over the fallen snow, and had killed every one they could find the rest had fled. Wilhelm learned that it had been better to trust in God than in the sword and that He had sent a “Wall of snow” to protect His trusting children.

    Questions: 

    1. Was the king afraid of the giant? [1 Samuel:17:11].
    2. Why did David go down to the battle? [1 Samuel:17:17-18].
    3. Were David’s brothers glad to see him? [1 Samuel:17:28].
    4. Tell how King Saul dressed David for the battle. [1 Samuel:17:38-39].
    5. What did David take with him instead of the armour? [1 Samuel:17:40].