I have set through many talks on the story of David and Goliath. I thought you might be interested to hear some facts from a talk I heard given by Edmund P. Clowney on the White Horse Inn radio broadcast a few months ago. I have “jazzed up” the presentation a bit to make it more interesting. Clowney was a seminary professor at Westminster Theological Seminary before he passed away and did not have a dramatic flair.
The story is in 1 Samuel 17:1-58. Do not stop reading the story at verse 50. Everybody does that. It keeps the story G-rated, but makes it dull. Go ahead and read at least verses 51-54. It won’t hurt; it’s in the R-rated Bible that we have been given.
Here we see David stand over the dead body of Goliath of Gath, reach down, and remove Goliath’s sword from the scabbard at his belt. He grabs Goliath’s hair, lifts his head, and cuts his head off at the neck.
Verse 54 says he took the severed head to Jerusalem. We suspect from 2 Samuel 5:6 that Jerusalem was in the hands of the Jebusites at the time. It was not liberated until sometime later.
I rely on assumptions here, but I can just see the young David, soon to become the Warrior King of Israel, who would throw off the oppression of the Philistines and conquer a kingdom. I see him standing on a hill outside Jerusalem with the bloody, severed head in his hand shouting to the Jebusites on the city wall, “This is what the Lord God of Israel did to Goliath, and you are next.”
Tradition goes on to say that David buried Goliath’s head on that hill outside Jerusalem, a hill that would become known as the place of the skull: Golgotha. Matthew 27:33, Mark 15:22, Luke 23:33, and John 19:17 testify that this hill was the one Jesus Christ was crucified on.
Get it: Jesus Christ tread underfoot the greatest enemy of Israel as He walked up Calvary’s hill to die for us. And He will tread underfoot all of our enemies as we turn to Him in faith. Colossians 2 says, “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
All the guilt, shame, pain, and temptation faced by those who have faith in Christ were made powerless by Christ’s victory on the cross! All the enemies Satan can bring to bear have been not merely defeated, but put to shame by Christ. Turn to Him in faith for your deliverance.