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David and goliath 6

David and Goliath

The story of David and Goliath can be thought of as a timeless tale of

1) good versus evil and 2) the fact that the win does not always go to the

strongest or biggest, it goes to the most determined or strong willed. David,

the good spirited fighter who wanted to save the Israelites from Goliath, for

example, was eager, confident, and prepared to win, as described in 1 Samuel

17:48 - "David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine".

David was a hero to the Israelites because he was able to kill Goliath, who had

"come up to defy Israel" (1 Samuel 17:25). Although Goliath was a large,

experienced fighter with a sword, David, determined to save the Israelites from

Goliath's evils. David mentions that Goliath had defied the armies of the

living God, and for that he would be punished. David's strength, it seems,

dwelled in "the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel" (1

Samuel 17:45). However, Goliath was dependent on the power of weapons, and was

sure that a sword and spear would win the battle. It's difficult to say what

this meant to the Hebrews, but I interpreted it as symbolizing that the

superiority and strength of their Lord was stronger than was any weapon. I

gathered this, since one of the statements mentioned in 1 Samuel was: "the Lord

does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's and he will give

you into our hand" (17:47). Since the Lord's followers were the Israelites, the

Lord savedhis people from harm through sending David to conquer Goliath.

The story of David and Goliath is a tale still told in modern day. I assume it

signifies the fact that the winner of a battle isn't always the strongest, the

fastest, or the one with the most weapons. The winner, instead, is the one who

intelligently finds a way to make use of the resources that are available to him,

and use these resources (the rocks, in this particular story), to gain triumph.

I also found an ironic twist in this story when David uses the enemy's weapon to

stab and decapitate Goliath. It just seems amusing that after Goliath has

passed out from being pelted by rocks, he is unconscious and cannot use his own

sword to defend himself. It seems to be a typical cliché, but this story is a

reminder of the fact that sometimes, what you consider your greatest strengths

can end up hurting you more than helping you.



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