You probably have heard of Goliath. Almost everyone has studied the account of Goliath challenging the army of Israel (1 Samuel 17). The Israelites were scared of him and no one would go out and fight him. Then David came upon the scene and killed Goliath. He killed him with a sling-shot and small Stone.
4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
There are other giants who are killed by Israelites. Four are mentioned in 2 Samuel 21. The Philistines come up against the Israelites to war against them. In verse 16 “And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David“, we learn about Ishbibenob. His spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass. That is very heavy. He intended to kill David. But Abishai killed Ishbibenob instead.
In verse 18 “And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant“, we read about Saph. He also is a giant and he is killed in battle by Sibbechai.
In verse 19, we read about another Goliath. His spear staff was like a weaver’s beam. Needless to say that was big and heavy. He was killed in battle by Elhanan.
Then we read about another giant in verses 20 and 21. “And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him.” He is not named but we are told something very interesting about him. This giant had six fingers on each hand. He also had six toes on each foot. He evidently was very large.
So large that he also must have challenged Israel like Goliath did when David was younger. But Jonathan killed this man.
In verse 22, we read that these four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants. We are told that all four of these giant men were sons of the same man. It makes me wonder why the father did not try to stop some of his sons from fighting Israel. After the first two were killed, one would think that the father would start to understand that God was with the Israelites. One would think that he would not want his other sons to be killed. But some people just do not want to learn. Some people just refuse to acknowledge God as the One True God.
Don’t be like this man and his sons. Don’t try to fight against God. Don’t try to defy Him or challenge Him. Instead, study the Bible. Learn all you can about His word. Then obey Him.
Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, WE can be saved from our sins when:
We place our trust in Him (Hebrews 11:6),
repent of our sin (2 Corinthians 7:9-10),
confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10),
and are baptised (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38).
“And He died for ALL, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Jesus will continue to cleanse those who continue to live for Him.