I’ve been going to church for some time now. I’ve heard the story of David and Goliath many, many times, but there is one thing that gets me everytime I hear it. So, let’s just go over the story one more time:
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-37
So, those are the verses. I have heard them quite a lot. This is the part that stumps me. In all the years of hearing the story, I’ve never heard anyone stop on the lion and bear bit. They just keep going on to the showdown between him and Goliath. I realize that their battle (0r David’s victory) is the main point of the story, but he killed two of the biggest Animals on the planet with a rock? Am I the only one amazed by that? King Leonidas was supposed to be all big and bad. All he did, as a rudy youth, was kill a starved wolf who was probably suffering from hypothermia and ready to go anyway.
He killed a bear. That alone would make him an American hero because bears; after all, are the biggest threat to America’s independence. He killed bears and lions. No one seems to be amazed by that feat. There are people who pay hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to go on exotic hunting trips to kill these animals. Not David, for him it was just part of the job (and training for what God had in store for him). Not only does he kill two of the most dangerous mammals on the planet. First, he grabs their hair, then he hits them(humiliation tactic) and then he finally kills them. Was lion killing by small, rudy shepherd boys such a common occurrence that modern preachers dismiss it?
I realize people who are much more intelligent than I could go on and on about all the Theological messages in this story. I think if I ever do a lesson on David I will make a quick mention of his lion/bear killing skills.
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