Beheading Goliath: Demolishing Deception and Defiance

8152[1]Most of our spiritual combat today is rooted in our thought life.  This fact should come as no surprise, as the root of sin in the Garden of Eden was a simple (but spiritually dire!) problem of deception and disobedience.   Both deception and disobedience involve our thought processes.  In Eve’s case, her sin lay in listening to the voice of the serpent instead of the voice of God.   In Adam’s case, his sin lay in listening to the voice of his wife and making a willful choice to disobey God.  Both of them listened to the wrong voice.

However, in Genesis 3:15, God informs the serpent that the Seed of the woman (Jesus) will crush the serpent’s head, which signifies victory over all the power of the devil to lie to us and deceive us.  This verse is widely regarded as the first Messianic promise of redemption in the Bible.  David’s victory over Goliath serves as a “type” of Christ’s victory over the devil and paints for us a prophetic picture of how we can participate in that same victory in our daily lives.

If we consider the way David approached Goliath, it is interesting to note that he refused to wear any man-made armor.  He also eschewed man-made weapons of war; instead, David, wearing his usual shepherd’s clothing, confronted the heavily-armored champion with five smooth stones in his shepherd’s pouch.  When faced with the chutzpah of the young shepherd boy, Goliath was appropriately outraged (see I Samuel 17 for the entire story).  He had been taunting and reviling the Israelite army morning and evening for forty days.  He had dared them to choose their best warrior to face him one-on-one in combat. Whereas the men in Saul’s army were surely terrified, David was non-plussed.  He understood that Goliath, in reality, was NOT defying any man, but rather the armies of the living God.  When we remember that Moses had brought water from the rock in the wilderness and that the Israelites had long regarded God as their provider, redeemer, their rock of defense, the choice of stones for a weapon is not too surprising. [“And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer” (Psalm 78:35). “For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God, ” (Psalm 18:31). “”There is no one holy like the LORD, Indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God ” (I Samuel 2:2).   “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;” (Psalm 144:1). — for starters!]

When David slew Goliath, the one who dared to defy the armies of the living God, with one stone shot from his slingshot through the champion’s forehead, he did more than slay a physical enemy.   He slew someone who thrived on terrifying God’s people, tormenting them ceaselessly, and playing with their minds.  Whenever we start to think that someone or something is stronger than God, our Rock, we are in a state of deception, at least at some level.  When David arrived on the scene with provisions for his brothers, the armies of Israel were risking paralysis due to fear of the enemy, as the camp was abuzz with the claims of Goliath.  However, the Stone of Truth pierced the head of the one who represents the enemy of our souls, the one who tries to overwhelm us with deception and defiance.  It was therefore most appropriate that David also severed the head of the slain Goliath from his dead body, as the seat of his anti-God thinking lay in the MIND of the enemy, rather than in his physical strength.

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, the apostle Paul urges us to destroy the reasoning patterns of the enemy of our soul.  “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  Just as David slew Goliath with the Truth, the Rock of Defense, we can demolish the lies and deceit of the enemy using the same weapon — the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (the Chief Cornerstone).  When we discipline our minds and reject every thought that does not agree with God’s Word, we are using, in effect, the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) to behead the enemy and render inoperative all his attempts to deceive us and defy the living God.  Holy Spirit, I invite you to expose areas in my thought life where I am believing lies; help me disarm the lies with the Cornerstone of Truth and use Your Word to behead the enemy!

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