God The Consuming Fire Versus Goliath


Day 26: Sunday 24th May, 2020.

Scripture:- 1 Samuel 17

Topic:- God The Consuming Fire Versus Goliath

Text:- 1 Samuel 17:26

A. The meaning of Goliath from the Hebrew language is passage; revolution; heap.
The name Goliath comes from the verb gala, meaning to uncover, remove or to go into exile.

B. Root-verb gala means to uncover, remove or to go into exile, but these meanings diverge so much that there may be two separate roots at work in this verb.

C. The verb gala denotes an uncovering of sensory organs such:
1. As the ear. See 1 Samuel 9:15.
2. Or eye. Indicating a propensity to hear or see. See Numbers 24:4.
3. It may indicate the revealing of someone; a human person. See 1 Samuel 20:2.
4. Or God. See 2 Samuel 7:27.
5. A secret. See Amos 3:7.
6. Or a message. See Esther 3:14.
7. It may indicate indecent exposure. See Exodus 20:26.
8. Or even the intent to commit immoral acts. See Deuteronomy 22:30.

D. The secondary meaning of this verb which may be a different verb altogether denotes:
1. A removing. See Ezekiel 12:3; Isaiah 24:11; Job 20:28.
2. Or going into exile. See Amos 1:5; Jeremiah 13:19; Ezekiel 39:28.
3. One derivative of this root stems from the meaning of revealing something, namely: the masculine noun gillayon, meaning table or tablet. See Isaiah 8:1.
4. And this suggests that Goliath’s name reflects the giant’s propensity to expose Israel’s weakness and his intention to remove them from the land.
5. And this removal may be a removal of their culture and wisdom tradition, rather than the physical Israelites.

E. The name Goliath does not mean giant. It means exposer. Goliath’s decapitation clearly parallels the same quest for Philistine circumcision that dominated Israel’s attitude from the time of the judges until the early kingdom years. The name Goliath means “great.” Goliath was a famous giant from the philistine city of Gath. See Judges 14:3; 15:18; 1 Samuel 14:6; 18:25-27.

F. There are two men named Goliath in the Bible. The famous Goliath is the impious Philistine giant from Gath, who defies Israel during a war between the Philistines and Israel. Young David killed him famously with a slingshot stone. See 1 Samuel 17:50.

G. There was also an unnamed giant who was killed by David’s nephew Jonathan. See 1 Chronicles 21:20.

H. For 40 days, he openly defied the armies of Israel, challenging them to send a man out to fight him. He was killed by the shepherd boy, David, with a single shot of a stone from his sling (1 Samuel 17:4). His height was “six cubits and a span;” Taking the cubit at 21 inches, that’s 10-1/2 feet tall. See 1 Samuel 17:4.

I. Goliath represents the many obstacles and pitfalls we encounter in life, whether they be spiritual or physical. While we may never encounter giants in the flesh as physical enemies, we do encounter symbolic giants that can confront us in the spiritual and physical realm.

J. These Goliaths will try to win over us, but, like David, we have the grace of God on our side, and God will empower us to confront and conquer those enormous giants.

K. Like David, we can use the least of our weaponry to defeat them. We do not need heavy artillery for the job; all we need is the power of prayer, the word of God, and God’s grace to defeat whatever we encounter that keeps us fearful.

L. What are some of the Goliaths we face in life? Intimidation. Unfortunately, the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. Yet David, a young boy, faced the enemy with confidence. David trusted God because he had a relationship with him, so he could stand up to any intimidation. See 1 Samuel 17:11.

M. Goliath was not spared by David, so you too must not allowed your own Goliath live, must die and be silenced. Now is the time!

Prayer Points:-
1. I command the constant presence of God will never leave you nor forsake you henceforth by God’s consuming fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Oh Lord God, You will abide with me forever and to become overcomer, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. I command you Goliath that is after my life, fall into your snare, in the name of Jesus Christ.
4. You Goliath in my life, die now by God’s consuming fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
5. I command every Goliath that is still operating in my life, what are you waiting for, summersult and die by God’s consuming fire now, in the name of Jesus Christ.
6. I reject to be discouraged on the journey to my greatness, in the name of Jesus Christ.
7. I command you hero or champion of the problem of my life, turn to zero, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Happy Lord’s Day!

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Tim Ogundele_Jesu is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an apostle by the grace of God. He has been used by God prominently in the area of salvation, healing, blessing, and especially deliverance.

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