David and Goliath as types
A picture of Christ's victory
GOD gave David the victory JESUS gives us His Victory
GOD is passionate with telling His story. HE tells it everywhere and in endless ways. To find the deeper meaning just put the Cross in the middle and there will be much to feed on. One interesting way is to look for the 'Mark'. ET is the untranslatable mark which although not a word, it is the Mark. ET is actually the Hebrew letters Aleph and Tav with the Aleph sounding as an 'E' and Tav has the 'T' sound. Aleph Tav are the first and last letters. In Revelation Jesus answered what the mark was, "I AM" The first ET you see (in Hebrew only) is in 1 Samuel 17.1. This placement is hard to understand because it is in place it shouldn't be, Identifying with the Philistine army. My feeling its there more like a counterfeit. They were so proud they thought they had God on their side. The next one you will see is placed correctly, in verse 10 "I defy 'ET' the armies of Israel, or to put it another way Goliath was defying the army of the true living GOD. There is another one in verse 11 all Israel (and ET) heard. You will find another ET in verse 55 when Saul saw David, (ET) meaning a covenant child, go against the Philistine he was amazed. The scene starts with Israel on one mountain and the Philistines on the other with a valley between them. In LUKE 16:26 Father Abraham declares there is a great gulf which no one can cross. WHY? SIN! Sin has separated us from God's kingdom and no one can cross. From the sin side there is no way humanly possible to cross. From the Saints side we are kept and protected.
The Philistines were major enemies of the Hebrews. The Philistines were standing on one side and Israel was on the other and Goliath who was a type for SIN was in the middle separating each of them. They were there 40 days. In the Bible 40 points to judgment or testing. It rained 40 days during the Flood. Jesus was tested in the wilderness 40 days etc. Sin stands between us and God and says your are hopeless, don't even try. He was big and scary. He also had a big Sword that Big Sword was symbolic for THE WORD of GOD! Yes it pictures the WORD of GOD. Satan actually uses it to trick, kill and condemn. By twisting it he seeks to get us to sin. Then when we do sin, Satan takes the standard of the Word before God and accuses us. Balak wanted the Israelites cursed by Balaam. Balaan said "I can't curse them, but if you get them to sin, then sin will separate them from God". But what sin separates the Cross renews. Goliaths name means splendor or pride, and he sure does look and act it. He comes from Gath which means winepress and he's about to be pressed. It can also be noted that he said whoever wins the battle the other will serve, but that was not honored it was a lie. After the death of Goliath all the Philistines fled and never surrendered.
David was sent by his father to feed his brothers. Jesus was sent by His Father. Before he leaves his sheep he gets someone to take care of them, symbolically the Holy Spirit. Jesus said "I will never leave you". When he gets to the camp he finds everybody petrified. David hears Goliath's shouts, of defiance and He asks who is this to defy The LIVING GOD of Israel. Then King Saul, who was the tallest in Israel, and afraid to lead, hears about David's desire. King Saul cautions David that he is big and mean. David says, no problem, we got GOD on our side. King Saul wanted to give David his armor but David said "I have no use for the World's weapons, GOD will give the victory!
As David goes out to battle he picks up 5 smooth stone out of the brook. Why 5? 5 is the number of Grace. Although he only needed 1 smooth stone. Referring to CHRIST our STONE without blemish. Goliath had 4 brothers but that wasn't the issue. They didn't come out and after Goliath was slain, the whole camp fled. In Joshua 4,there was another lesser known parting of the water. As the Israelites were getting ready to cross the Jordon river, Joshua who was the right hand man to Moses and also a type of Christ. Joshua told the each of the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel to each pick up a stone and bring it with them as a memorial. The name Jesus in Hebrew is Joshua. The name Joshua literally means salvation. In Acts 7:45, a commentary on Joshua, it uses the name Jesus referring to Joshua, there are also other places where Joshua is translated as Jesus. Moses who led the Israelite people through their 40 year wilderness journey was not able to take them into the promised land. Because of Moses anger God told Moses that he couldn't take them in. Moses being a type of the Law could not take them. The law can take us to the door of Salvation but only Salvation take them in.
David ran at Goliath, didn't hesitate. Put the stone in the sling and sent it flying at the heavily armored Champion who's title means "one who stands between". It struck and sank into his forehead. His forehead actually means impudent or prideful. David took that same big Sword [the law] and cut off Goliaths head. End of the story? Not quite! David took the head of Goliath of Gath to Jerusalem. He didn't want anybody to forget what it took to win the victory. The Rabbis say he couldn't take it inside the gates, because it wasn't Kosher. It is interesting that JESUS died on a cross outside the gates at a place called Golgotha "Place of the Skull" Mat.27:33.