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The Politics of David and Goliath

A preacher once asked his congregation, “Between David and Goliath, based on their qualifications, who would you choose to be your bodyguard?” And, what were the qualifications? Goliath was a champion who was nine feet tall. He carried the air and charisma of a military person, and, his entire armor (which weighed 5000 shekels) and javelin were made of bronze. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. Finally, he had a shield bearer that went ahead of him in battle. Even King Saul testified that Goliath had been a fighting man since his youth. David, on the other hand, owned a sling, and a shepherd’s bag in which he carried his five stones to the war front. King Saul’s testimony? “You’re only a boy.” And so Saul dressed David up in his tunic and armor, but David wasn’t used to them, and so couldn’t use them. Meanwhile, the king had named a prize for anyone who would defeat Goliath: “Your father’s (en ire) family …