Bible Story: David and Goliath

Bible Story: David and Goliath

We can draw upon the infinite power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to help us to overcome our Goliaths. ~C.D.

The First Book of Samuel

Chapter 17

1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.

david-Goliath-giant4 ¶And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 And he had an 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 of brass.6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. 7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up:

32 ¶And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

david-stones137 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

45 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 … that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

david-goliath348 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

What was the secret of David’s power to prevail?

C.A. Davidson

Note the Biblical symbolism:

david-stones2He gathered five smooth stones from the brook. We know that stone or rock can be a type, or symbol of Christ. In Hebrew numerology, the number five represents the Atonement of Christ.

Let’s say that the five stones represent attributes of Christ. David drew upon these stones for power to defeat Goliath.

David had great faith and trust in the Lord. This gave him courage against the fearsome giant. David was young and un-spotted from the world. This made him worthy to enjoy the power of the Holy Spirit. David had also endured numerous trials in his daily life, preparing him with power to overcome the seemingly impossible odds presented against him by Goliath.

Infinitely Powerful Attributes of Jesus Christ

In his book, The Infinite Atonement, Tad R. Callister suggests divine attributes of Christ as sources of power.

“Knowledge brings power; purity brings power; love brings power. Again and again in the scriptures the Atonement is referred to as power. With the possible exception of the word love, it seems to be the single most repeated word used to describe the atoning process. Such power was a natural outgrowth of the Savior’s infinite nature. Just as happiness cannot be acquired independent of obedience to God’s laws, so power cannot be permanently acquired independent of developing divine virtues.

“The Savior exercised power as he endured the consequences of sin, withstood pain, and eventually relinquished his life. Moroni cautioned, “Deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power” (Moroni 10:7). The exercise of those powers necessary to endure the sufferings of all mankind may in turn have opened the door to the additional powers needed to resurrect, to redeem, and to exalt.”

jesusforgivemedInfinite Empathy

“The scriptures make it clear that the Savior could not have resurrected man if he had not first died. (Hebrews 2:14)

“One might wonder, could the Savior redeem us from spiritual death if he had not first suffered the consequences of our sins? Or, could he exalt an ordinary individual if he had not first internalized the woes of mortals?

“On one hand, the Atonement was an exercise of incredible power, enabling Christ to endure the total human plight. On the other hand, the atoning process was the acquisition and then the manifestation of incredible power to overcome that plight, as demonstrated by the power to resurrect, to redeem, and to exalt.

Jesus-gethsemane-Greatest-of-All-Del-Parson-211887“Could it be that the exercise of the power to endure was essential to the acquisition of the power to overcome?” (Callister, The Infinite Atonement, 69-71.)

We can draw upon the infinite power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to help us to overcome our Goliaths. ~C.D. 


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