The text for this lesson is 1 Samuel 17
- As David struck down the giant Goliath, so David’s greater Son—Jesus—struck down the Goliaths of sin, Satan, and death through His own death on the cross.
- Law: Left to fight sin, death, and the devil myself, I would perish.
- Gospel: Jesus fights triumphantly for me against my adversaries of sin, death, and the devil because they are too great for me. His victory is my victory.
- Remember a time when you first put on a pair of glasses or turned on a light and your perspective suddenly changed. What were you feeling when you could not see clearly? How did it feel when you suddenly saw the world correctly?
- Read 1 Samuel 17:1–11. What effect did Goliath have on the Israelites? How did he accomplish his goal?
- David comes onto the scene in 1 Samuel 17:12–16. Read these verses and 16:18–19. What kind of young man is David?
- Read 1 Samuel 17:17–37. How does David’s view of the situation differ from that of his brothers and the rest of Israel’s army? How does it differ from Saul’s?
- Read 1 Samuel 17:38–47. How does David’s rejection of Saul’s armor represent the difference in the way that they consider the kingship of Israel? How do David’s words testify to the difference in perspective between David and Goliath?
- How does David’s victory over Goliath illustrate God’s power to work in ways that we do not expect? What is the greatest example of God working through a means that we never would have predicted? How does God’s presence in Christ change our view of our greatest enemies, sin and death?