SKILL FOR THE BATTLE!
“Praise the Lord, who is my rock, He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” Psalm 144:1
THE ROARING STONE...
So now we see two armies opposing each other, both prepared at each side of the valley. Note, in order to wage war we must enter into a valley, into a low place, there is no high ground to fight on when it comes to war, all war is at the ultimate low of mankind’s depravity. Here we see the Philistines on one hand and Israel on the other and between the two lay this low place, the valley of depravity if you will.
We see the Philistines standing fierce and taunting Israel, especially when their champion, even the Giant Goliath came forth and gave his challenge to any worthy warrior to try him. O that he would provoke Israel, this Hercules of the Philistines. Goliath came calling any to fight, saying choose a man from the Israel to fight! Very interesting how this unbelieving man of the Philistines would call upon Israel, who was full of the faith in God, to choose a man to fight him, in fact if it were just a man that would come forth, perhaps Goliath may have won, but not just a man came forth! There is no doubt that no believing Christian would ever choose a man to fight a giant! They know better! Yet Goliath knew nothing of it! Nor did he know that all battles belong unto the Lord, as we read,
“And all this assembly shall know that the Lord slayeth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hands.” 1Samuel 17:47
For what fool is there that would call upon a man, only the unbelieving fool, he that says there is no God, “The fool sayeth in his heart that there is no God.” Psalm 14:1, yet what makes him a fool more than that is when he should lean upon his pride and strength in himself! This was Goliath in a nutshell! A fool for the Philistines, yet their champion! In the making of a fool it is required that he should trust in man.
This was Goliath the champion of the unbelieving man! Goliath, the fool, was soon to meet more than he asked for! Many in today’s corporate society will ask this same question unto their fellow men, will you help us to choose today a man from amongst us that will serve our purpose, but the wiser has brought forth a more important option for service, saying,
“Choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we shall serve the Lord!” Joshua 24:15,
So let us look at this unbelieving Giant a little closer. Let’s forget for a moment that Goliath was an unbelieving fool and let’s look at how he was prepared physically for war.
Goliath was suited in armor that was for the most part useless in battle, save that the battle came to him foolishly. He was clad with a coat of mail, as we read,
“And he had a helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels.” 1Samuel 17:5.
A coat of mail was actually made from interlinked metal rings. So imagine how slow Goliath must have been to carry such a weight as this five thousand shekels. Friend let me take a moment to reflect upon what we are told in the book of Hebrews 12:1, here we are told to “run the race with patience.” But how can we run if we are so weighed down? As we read, “Let us lay aside every weight which easily besets us.” Hebrews 12:1,
we must lay aside these weights, this being said, what advantage or disadvantage did Goliath have? How does Goliath’s armor found in 1Samuel 17:5 compare to that of David’s armor found in Ephesians chapter 6:10-18?
What of Goliath’s helmet of brass that we read of in 1Samuel 17:5 in comparison to David’s helmet of salvation found in Ephesians chapter 6:10-18? First of all David was not weighed down by man’s devises and Goliath had a Goliath type challenge in mobility.
So we see the advantage of laying aside this weight! Secondly, Goliath’s helmet of brass had some holes in it, herein we see that the battle of the mind cannot be won by the thoughts and trends of the world, there are too many vulnerabilities to be had.