I saw the news this morning that archeologists have uncovered a gate to the city of Gath, which was the home of Goliath.
Reports are the gate is really huge. And it should be!
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and to the edge of the land of Canaan, he sent twelve men to spy out the land. They came back and ten were terrified to continue.
Their report contained this:
“There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Num 13:33
“The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.” Deut 1:28
Note that the descendants of Anak or the Anakim are giants.
Caleb and Joshua were the only two that believed God would deliver the land to them; but because of the unbelief of the rest the Israelites wandered the wilderness for forty years.
When they did enter the land, under the leadership of Joshua, they destroyed the inhabitants.
There is a reference to the city of Gath.
None of the Anakim were left in the land of the children of Israel; they remained only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod. Josh 11:22
Around 400 years later, a young man named David would go up against one of the men from Gath.
And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 1 Sam 17:4
You know how that story turned out – David took a stone and a sling and struck him in the head and then killed him with his own sword.
But did you know that David picked up five stones?
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. 1 Sam 17:40
Someone asked me last night about the five stones that David picked up. Was that a lack of faith on his part?
Not at all! It is a great act of faith because Goliath was not the only giant from Gath.
Later on when King David was ruler over Israel, war broke out against the Philistines, including the town of Gath.
It reports how David and his servants killed at least four more giants at that time.
These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants. 2 Sam 21:22
So if those four were present on that day so many years ago, then David would have grabbed five stones – one for each of the giants – Goliath and his sons!
So what is in your shepherd’s bag today?
God always provides the resources for you to face the giants in your life. Have faith!