We are very blessed to have my good friend Richard Yap to be our guest blogger for a couple of weeks.
He has great insight of the word and one of the very few people I can discuss the things of God without having to explain concepts to great length as he is very sharp to the things of the Spirit. He recently have a Greg message on David and Goliath. I am so glad he decided to share his notes with us. I hope you like this.
David & Goliath: The stone that killed Goliath
Part 1 of 5 by Richard Yap
I’ve always wondered why David chose five stones as his weapon to fight Goliath. It was only when I was asked by my pastor to speak on the David & Goliath story that the Lord revealed the answer to me. The story can be found in 1 Samuel 17.
The number five symbolizes God’s grace towards humanity, personified in His Son Jesus. David is a type of Jesus who came to destroy the works of the devil. Goliath is a picture of the devil & sin. In 1 Cor 15:56 we are told “the strength of sin is the law”. Thus the law gave sin and hence the devil, its power – without the law, sin would have no power over us. In order to defeat sin and the devil, the law must be fulfilled and brought to an end. In other words, the debt owed by humanity as demanded by the law must be fully paid. This is exactly what Jesus did through his incarnation, death and resurrection.
David needed only one stone to kill Goliath meaning that grace over-fulfilled the law. The unused four stones symbolize the over-payment that Jesus made on our behalf when He died for us. The over-payment by Jesus comes to us in the form of the “blessings in heavenly places” and “blessings of Abraham” mentioned in Eph 1:3 and Gal 3:14 respectively. These blessings are undeserved or unmerited and is the essence of what grace is all about.
Rom 5:20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.
2 Cor 3:9 If the ministry that brought condemnation (ie. the law) was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness (ie. Grace)!
In short, Grace is greater than law.
There is another reason why David used a stone to slay Goliath. According to the law in Lev 24:16 “anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who blasphemes the name of the Lord is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them”. Goliath had challenged Israel to choose a champion to fight him in a “winner takes all” contest. In his challenge Goliath had blasphemed the God of Israel. So according to the aforementioned law, the entire Israeli army must stone Goliath to death. Instead, all the Israeli soldiers were dismayed and terrified by Goliath – they ran at the sight of the giant. They were unable to fulfill the law and certainly were not deserving of any help from God. Yet God demonstrated His grace to Israel by sending David as their champion to stone Goliath in fulfillment of the law. Similarly, God sent Jesus to undeserving and helpless humanity to be our champion to fulfill and end the law and thus destroy sin and the devil. The following three verses should make things much clearer for you.
Heb 2:14…Jesus became one of us. He died to destroy the devil, who had power over death.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace
Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Richard worships in The New Covenant Church.