Voice of Truth Project

Finding freedom through a Christ-filled life

Understanding the Giant, Goliath March 17, 2011

Filed under: Killing the Giant — Voice of Truth Project @ 3:26 pm

Since starting this project, I have found myself reading in 1 Samuel 17.  One of the first things I noticed with the encounter between Goliath and the Israelites is that the description of Goliath is specific.

A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. 8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 1 Samuel 17:4-10 (NIV)


Who: Goliath

Where he was from: Gath

Size: Over 9 feet tall

Clothing: Bronze helmet, coat of scale armor of bronze, bronze greaves

Weapons: Bronze javelin, and a spear

Personality: Brash, confident (see verses 8-10)

As I move forward through this project, I will use a similar format to the one listed above to introduce my giants to myself and to you.  It is a critical first step in defeating the giants.  You need to know your enemies to defeat them.  It is my prayer over the coming days, weeks, months… that JEHOVAH-NISSI, (The Lord is our banner), will go before me and prepare me for the war ahead.


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