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Faith Filled Friday: David Chose Five Smooth Stones

June 24, 2022

by Connie Terpack, June 24, 2022

It seems odd that David would take five stones since he knew he had God on his side. Did he doubt God?

The story of David and Goliath starts in 1 Samuel 17:12. Goliath is described before this, but verse 12 is when David enters in.

It’s uncertain how tall David or Goliath were. David was probably around five feet. Goliath was any where from six foot to nine feet tall!

David knew God would be with him. He had already killed a lion and a bear when he was watching his sheep (verses 34-36). The Bible does not say how many shots he needed to kill both of them. When the lion and bear showed up I’m guessing David may have said something like, “Seriously, Lord. Why me?” Would David have worried about Goliath’s height? Would he be intimidated by his armor and weapons? I don’t think he gave them a second thought because he trusted God.

The five stones were simply to be prepared. The Philistines might attack him after he killed Goliath, and David did not know how many stones it would take to down the giant. The Bible does not say how many it took to kill the lion or bear. Maybe he need two stones to kill the lion and three to kill the bear? Maybe he needed only one stone for each and figured Goliath would not need more than they did. God did not promise David that he would kill Goliath with the first stone.

Another point was that the stones were described as smooth. It took a minute to think why that made a difference. Smooth stones would fly through the air better than jagged odd-shaped ones.

In verses 43-44, Goliath ridiculed David and cursed him by his gods. David responded in verses 45-47. I doubt that David spoke in a whiny, uncertain voice. I believe that Goliath could hear his faith and determination in his tone. They were not close together so David would have had to talk loudly. … “I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcass of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air and to the wild beats of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel…”

David reached into his bag and took out a stone. I could not find out what kind of bag David had. My guess is that it might have been big enough to hold a sandwich for lunch, or maybe just big enough to hold a sling shot and five stones.

He fixed a stone in the sling while he was running toward Goliath. It sank into the giant’s forehead and he fell to the ground on his face. Verse 51 tells us that David cut off Goliath’s head with Goliath’s own sword.

When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead they fled. So much for their bravery!

David trusted in God and won the battle.

The following link is what gave me the idea for this post.

Why did David choose five smooth stones before going to fight Goliath? | GotQuestions.org

Why did David choose five smooth stones before going to fight Goliath? Was David doubting God?

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