This important question has often been over-spiritualized. 

Please do not misunderstand this. This is a spiritual side to the equation and this has been clearly stated in the earlier parts of this study. David had the knowledge to go into the battle both spiritually and physically.

He drew on the Covenant God had with Israel for the spiritual content of the encounter

Then said David to the Philistine, 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 hast defied. 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands. 1 Sam 17:45-47

He settled the spiritual side the faith side of the equation. Now let’s look at the physical side. 

We have been taught that David picked 5 stones from the river to symbolize the name of JESUS. Being the prophet he was, that is a strong possibility. However, note that “Jesus” in the Jewish language is Yeshua or Joshua so David ought to have picked six stones if he intended to spell Jesus. 

Another school of thought points out that Five is the symbol of Grace. This is equally correct. The name of Jesus and the availability of Grace point only to the spiritual side of the encounter. There is a physical side we often downplay or out rightly ignore.

Israel was engaged in psychological warfare for 40 days and they didn’t know how to engage in that battle. Before the enemy can take you down, he starts with this psychological attack on your emotions. The Devil wanted Job but he attacked his children and property just so that Job will be psychologically weakened. Fear is a psychological weapon and your defence has to also be psychological.
David was over-prepared for this encounter. His encounter with the bear and the lion prepared him psychologically. So he could also look into the eyes of this “uncircumcised” Philistine note the derogatory term David used in this war and not feel any fear.

He could look at a senseless raging lion in the eyes and fight him bare handed like Samson. He did not use the sling to kill either the bear or the lion. He used his fists and staff of a shepherd. This battle was different. He couldn’t get that close for a hand to hand combat. Even if he did his blows will only get as far as the sides of Goliath. David had to use another very popular weapon in Israel.

We will later look at the biblical history of the sling and its impact on your life today. Make it a date


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