May 9 2012
1 Samuel 17.4-7, 33-45
King Saul and Goliath had similarities: Saul was the tallest of Israel’s soldiers; ‘a head taller than anyone else’ (1 Sa 9.2) while Goliath was the biggest of the Philistines. Saul was an experienced fighter as was Goliath. Both were trained in arms and armour. In fact Saul would have been Israel’s favourite to fight a challenger like Goliath. But Saul knew Goliath was too big and too well armed. Goliath was 9ft and his armoured coat alone weighed 57 kilos. That’s serious armour!
David tried wearing Saul’s armour but being ‘a boy’ it was too much for him. Of course we are all in awe of how a boy without armour could defeat this heavily armoured Philistine. But that provokes an interesting question: Was David really without armour? More