1 Samuel 17: On Our Everyday Battles and David’s Evangelistic Beheading (Bible Talk, Ep. 91)

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The story of David and Goliath is not giving us a strategy for how we can fight our everyday battles. It’s giving us an evangelistic beheading.

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about 1 Samuel 17.


2:15 / Jim and Sam share their experiences with the story of David and Goliath.[1]

7:27 / How tall was Goliath? And what’s significant about him being a giant?

10:49 / What should we notice about Goliath’s armor—and his words?

14:52 / Jim and Sam provide verse-by-verse commentary on 1 Samuel 17:12–35.

22:27 / How does David’s lion- and bear-killing not only prepare, but also qualify him to face Goliath?

26:24 / How are David and Saul contrasted? And why does David grab five stones? (17:38–40)

29:00 / How is Goliath’s trash talk serpentine? 

30:35 / What’s the point of the story of David and Goliath? How should it be and not be preached?

40:35 / “Bad guys get broken heads in the Bible.” (17:48–54)[2]

44:01 / Why does Saul ask who David’s father is? (17:55–58)

45:03 / Is this story mentioned in the New Testament?

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[1] Joel Osteen, “Run to Your Giants.” Joel Osteen Ministries, 2022.

[2] James Hamilton, “The Skull Crushing Seed of the Woman: Inner-Biblical Interpretation of Genesis 3:15.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 2006. 

Graphic: David with the Head of Goliath, Caravaggio (1610)

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