What you Don’t Know About David and Goliath

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won.

There is so much to learn from history, including Biblical history. We should not be after fades and trends. The biggest and best wisdom comes from history!

Gladwell presents good analysis of the recording of David meeting Goliath.  He lifts the covers on the details in the text that most of us miss.

David and His life contain truth meant to lead and guide us even today.  We do well to listen and learn.


3 thoughts on “What you Don’t Know About David and Goliath

  1. Finally had time to watch this. Being academically trained in the Bible I wanted to hear what was said. The small errors I pass over. The value of this is the deep meaning, going beyond cliche. History (my first degree) has value in going more deeply into a story. The “miracle” of the story rests not with the sling or giant, but that David came with Jehovah! We assess tasks God calls us to do based on our own resources (sling) against a big problem (giant) and we determine God is smaller than the giant!! I note the spies that surveyed the Promised Land advised Moses against an invasion because the inhabitants included giants. But Caleb and Joshua knew God went with them and so victory would come because of the Almighty, not the army. [Funny how often this theme recurs…] “If God is for us, who can be against us [successfully]”.


    • Wow! Thanks for this great analysis. Your thoughts add to the factual evidence Gladwell brought out.

      I will say that God prepped David throughout his brief history for just this event at that moment. God knew they needed a slinger. Why didn’t Saul and the army know that? Don’t know but David’s part to play was to sling hard.

      Your thoughts and my reflection time this morning make me want to go with gusto–the gusto God has already provided.


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