Lesson 74: David and Goliath
The wicked Philistines came again to trouble the Israelites. They sent an army to one of the mountains in Israel. King Saul and his army went to another mountain and in between the two armies was a valley. The Philistines had a great giant in their army, named Goliath. He was about ten feet tall. He carried a great big spear and helmet to protect himself. This giant shouted to the Israelites and told them that if they would send one man to fight him and kill him, then the Philistines would be servants to the Israelites. But Goliath also said, if I kill your man then you will have to be our servants.
The men in King Saul's army were all afraid of this giant. Even King Saul was afraid of him. You see, Saul started out being a good king, but now he was forgetting about God. And when someone forgets about God, God does not help them as much. That's what happened to Saul.
At this time David, a young shepherd lad, was sent by his father to go to King Saul's camp to find out how his brothers were getting along. David's brothers were in King Saul's army. When David came into the camp, he heard this giant shout at the Israelites. David told Saul he was not afraid to go and kill this giant (1 Samuel 17:32-37). Saul could not believe that so young a man would not be afraid. But David told Saul how God had saved him from a bear which he killed and from a lion, too. So David told Saul if God saved him from the bear and the lion, God would also save him from this wicked giant.
When the giant saw so young a man coming to him with only a sling in his hand, the giant laughed at David. David picked up five smooth stones from a brook and put one in his sling and threw it at the giant. The first stone hit the giant in the head and he fell down to the earth. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they all ran away in a great hurry. Saul rewarded David by making him an officer in his army.
- What nation came to fight against Israel?
- Who was the great Philistine giant?
- What did the giant shout to the Israelites?
- How did all the men in Saul's army feel about Goliath?
- Who offered to kill the giant?
- How did David kill the giant? How many stones of the five that he had did David need to kill Goliath?
- Why was David able to kill Goliath?