5 Smooth Stones – God Gets the Glory

“God’s Power”
‘Now Eliab his oldest brother heard him when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why is it that you have come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I myself know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.” The people answered him in agreement with this statement, saying, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.” Then David said to the men who were standing by him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and rids Israel of the disgrace? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he has dared to defy the armies of the living God?” And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who is coming up? Surely he is coming up to defy Israel. And it will be that the king will make the man who kills him wealthy with great riches, and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.” When all the men of Israel saw the man, they fled from him and were very fearful. As he was speaking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine from Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words; and David heard him. Then David left the baggage in the care of the baggage keeper and ran to the battle line. And he entered and greeted his brothers. Israel and the Philistines drew up in battle formation, army against army. So David got up early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper, and took the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the entrenchment encircling the camp while the army was going out in battle formation, shouting the war cry. For Saul and they and all the men of Israel are in the Valley of Elah, fighting the Philistines.” Bring also these ten slices of cheese to the commander of their thousand, and look into the well-being of your brothers and bring back confirmation from them. Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this roasted grain and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to your brothers. And the Philistine came forward morning and evening, and took his stand for forty days. but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s flock at Bethlehem. So David was the youngest. Now the three oldest followed Saul, The three older sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle. And the names of his three sons who had gone into the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and second to him, Abinadab, and the third, Shammah. Now David was the son of the Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, the man whose name was Jesse, and he had eight sons. And Jesse was old in the days of Saul, advanced in years among men. ‘

1 Samuel 17:12-28

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