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  • ♪[Theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.Thanks for joining me.
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  • ♪[Middle Easterninstrumental music]♪
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  • Walk around Jerusalemand you're walking
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  • in the footsteps of Jesus.
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  • When Jesus was alive, thetemple, which was destroyed
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  • in 70 AD, was right thereon top of the Temple Mount.
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  • It was built by Herod the Great.
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  • And although it likely wasn'tas magnificent as the temple
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  • built by Solomon,it was still impressive.
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  • Archaeologists believe itlooked something like this.
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  • ♪[Eerie music]♪
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  • So it was here thatJesus turned over
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  • the money changers' tables.
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  • They left the temple,
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  • and the disciples showedHim the temple buildings.
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  • And Jesus shockedthem by telling them,
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  • "Do you not seeall these things?
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  • Assuredly, I say to you, notone stone shall be left here
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  • upon another, that shallnot be thrown down."
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  • That seemed likean impossibility.
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  • The temple was the symbolof Jewish greatness,
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  • of God's favortowards His people.
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  • And here in Jerusalem,
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  • Jesus told His followersthat it would be destroyed.
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  • Today you can see someof the stones of the temple
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  • that were cast down.
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  • The prophecy was fulfilled.
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  • And, of course, it isn'tonly Jesus who came here.
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  • This was the city of David.
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  • And the location of David'sancient city has been uncovered.
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  • It's hard to imagine how peoplecannot have faith in the Bible,
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  • given all the evidencein favor of the Bible
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  • provided by a place like this.
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  • ♪[Soft music]♪
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  • At the location of theancient city of David,
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  • which is essentiallyright behind me,
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  • archaeologists have foundmany seal impressions.
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  • A seal is somethingthat in ancient times
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  • functioned much likea signature.
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  • One of those seal impressionsbore the inscription,
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  • "King Hezekiah."
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  • Another said,"Isaiah the prophet."
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  • These were real people,
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  • and archaeology has providedevidence for the existence
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  • of these people hundredsand hundreds of years laster.
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  • Now, surely, finding sealimpressions here in Jerusalem
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  • has to be even harder thanfinding a needle in a haystack.
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  • It seems God directed thosearchaeologists to make
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  • those discoveries to encourageus to have faith in the Bible.
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  • ♪[Soft music]♪
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  • Daniel lived here in Jerusalem,along with his friends,
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  • Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
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  • Them and others were takenfrom here down to Babylon.
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  • Nehemiah returned fromBabylon to here in Jerusalem,
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  • where he rebuilt the walland re-established society,
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  • and so on.
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  • Jeremiah, here in Jerusalem.Ezekiel lived here.
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  • King Solomon reigned fromright here in Jerusalem.
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  • ♪[Instrumental music]♪
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  • But when it comes tothe stories of the Bible,
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  • you know that there's a lotmore in Israel than Jerusalem.
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  • And today I wantto take you to the site
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  • of one of the most remarkablestories in the Bible.
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  • The story of David and Goliathtook place not far from here
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  • in the Valley of Elah.
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  • It's about a 45-minute drivefrom Jerusalem southwest,
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  • and there's no doubt thatit's the legitimate site
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  • of where David's encounterwith the giant took place.
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  • The background ofthe story is this.
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  • King Saul hadbeen king of Israel.
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  • The Philistines, who mayoriginally have come
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  • from Europe--Crete,some archaeologists say--
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  • had developed quite an advancedand sophisticated society.
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  • For a while they were a constantthorn in the side of Israel.
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  • And you read in 1 Samuel 13that there was no blacksmith
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  • in Israel.
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  • The Philistines had preventedthem from making swords
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  • or spears, so if an Israelitewanted something sharpened,
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  • he had to go to the Philistinesto get that job done.
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  • You can imagine how wellthat worked out for them.
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  • In chapter 15,
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  • Samuel the prophetinstructs Saul, the king,
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  • that he should go to Amalekand eradicate the Amalekites.
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  • But he didn't.
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  • Instead he saved the kingand much of the livestock.
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  • Samuel said to King Saul,
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  • "The Lord has torn the kingdomof Israel from you today,
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  • and has given itto a neighbor of yours,
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  • who is better than you."
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  • When we get to chapter 17,Saul is still the king,
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  • but he's a shell of a man.
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  • Verse 1 says,
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  • "Now the Philistines gatheredtheir armies together to battle,
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  • and were gathered at Sochoh,which belongs to Judah;
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  • they encamped between Sochohand Azekah, in Ephes Dammim."
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  • Where I am right now is Azekah.
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  • It was here that Joshua defeatedthe five kings of the Amorites,
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  • large hailstones fallingon the kings and their men
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  • right in this vicinity.
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  • There's some real history here.
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  • Verse 2:
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  • "And Saul and the men of Israelwere gathered together,
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  • and they encampedin the Valley of Elah,
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  • and drew up in battle arrayagainst the Philistines."
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  • I'd like to point out for yousome of the locations here.
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  • Now, Sochoh, or Sochoth, that'sover there in the distance.
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  • You'll see thelighter green, uh,
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  • the plains, uh, the valley.
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  • Beyond that, the trees going upon the hills the other side,
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  • that's Sochoth right there.
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  • Where I am now is Azekah,
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  • and in between, that's thevalley floor, Ephes Dammim.
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  • So it was right there thatall the action took place
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  • in the David and Goliathstory, right there.
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  • Verse 3 says,
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  • "The Philistines stood ona mountain on one side,
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  • and Israel stood on amountain on the other side,
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  • with a valley between them."
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  • Verse 4 says,
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  • "And a champion went out fromthe camp of the Philistines,
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  • named Goliath, from Gath,
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  • whose height wassix cubits and a span."
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  • Now, I'd like to showyou where Gath is.
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  • Remember, I'm onAzekah, a hill, really.
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  • Interestingly, it'snow a national park.
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  • In Israel, a lot ofthese significant old
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  • archaeological sites have beenturned into national parks.
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  • So I'm on Azekah,over there Ephes Dammim,
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  • where the fighting took place,where Goliath lost his life.
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  • But where was Goliath from?
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  • He was from Gath,and Gath is out there.
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  • Now, if the weatherwas cooperating with me
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  • a little bit better, I'd beable to show you the hill
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  • that really marksthe location of Gath.
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  • But the weather isn't, andso it's in that direction.
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  • Not very far, actually.
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  • So Goliath's home townwas over there,
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  • and he fought David over there.
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  • He was really pretty close tohis home town when he fought.
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  • Now, Goliath, according to theBible, six cubits and a span,
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  • he was more thannine feet tall.
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  • That's tall.
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  • Now, some peoplehave tried to explain
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  • why Goliath was that tall.
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  • They've said that hesuffered from something
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  • known as gigantism,
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  • and that that's the reasonthat he was so tall.
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  • You know, I don't thinkyou need to believe that.
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  • The Bible simply says thathe was a giant, and so he was.
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  • And he certainly isn't the onlygiant mentioned in the Bible.
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  • Now, I'm six feet one.
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  • Goliath was all of meand then half of me again.
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  • That's a big guy.
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  • I'll be back withmore in a moment.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • The story of David and Goliathis one of the great stories
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  • in the Bible.
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  • Now, you could say it'sa story of the little guy
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  • beating the big guy.
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  • And sure, it is.
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  • But really, it's astory of great faith,
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  • and it's a storyof a lack of faith.
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  • We're at the site of wherethe conflict took place
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  • between David and Goliath,
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  • between Israel andthe Philistines,
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  • in the Valley of Elah in Israel.
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  • David and Goliath squared offagainst each other right there,
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  • just right over there.
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  • Now, this Goliath wasan interesting character.
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  • Tall, more than ninefeet tall, in fact.
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  • He came from just overthere, a place called Gath,
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  • not very far away at all.
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  • Verse 5 of1 Samuel 17 says,
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  • "He had a bronzehelmet on his head,
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  • and he was armedwith a coat of mail,
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  • and the weight of the coat
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  • was five thousandshekels of bronze."
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  • The coat of mailweighed 150 pounds.
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  • The Bible tells us,
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  • "He had bronzearmor on his legs
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  • and a bronze javelinbetween his shoulders.
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  • Now the staff of his spearwas like a weaver's beam,
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  • and his iron spearheadweighed six hundred shekels;
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  • and a shield-bearerwent before him."
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  • Everything aboutthis man was big,
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  • especially his attitude.
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  • "Then he stood and cried outto the armies of Israel,
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  • and said to them, 'Why have youcome out to line up for battle?
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  • Am I not a Philistine, andyou the servants of Saul?
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  • Choose a man for yourselves,and let him come down to me.
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  • If he is able to fightwith me and kill me,
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  • then we will be your servants.
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  • But if I prevailagainst him and kill him,
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  • then you shall be ourservants and serve us.'
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  • And the Philistine said, 'I defythe armies of Israel this day;
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  • give me a man, thatwe may fight together.'"
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  • So who should have fought?
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  • Well, Saul, of course.He was the king.
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  • He stood a head tallerthan anyone else in Israel,
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  • and as God's handpicked leader,he should have gone forward,
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  • totally trustingthat God was with him.
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  • But no. Remember? He'd beendisobedient, significantly.
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  • He evidently hadn't repented,
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  • and God had told Saul thatHe'd rejected Saul as king.
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  • Saul was dispirited.
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  • It's as if he hadno fight in him.
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  • And at the time when heshould have been courageous,
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  • there was no courageto be found in him at all.
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  • Verse 11 says,
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  • "When Saul and all Israel heardthese words of the Philistine,
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  • they were dismayedand greatly afraid."
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  • David is introducedto the story in verse 12.
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  • We're told that he wasone of eight sons,
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  • and that his father was elderly.
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  • Three of his brothers,the eldest three,
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  • were in Saul's army,
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  • squaring off against Goliathand the Philistines:
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  • Eliab, Abinadab,and Shammah.
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  • David was the youngestson in the family.
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  • Jesse sent David fromtheir home in Bethlehem,
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  • which is about 16 milesaway, as the crow flies.
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  • But back then, there weren'thighways or well-paved roads.
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  • David would havewalked over hills
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  • and some prettyrough terrain.
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  • In fact, his dad told himto run to where the fighting
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  • was taking place.
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  • Jesse commissioned Davidto take food to his brothers
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  • and to bring back a reportregarding how things were going.
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  • And when David arrivedright here in this place,
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  • at the scene of the battle,
  • 00:11:55.437 --> 00:11:57.039
  • the two armies were setin array against each other.
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  • When David met upwith his brothers,
  • 00:11:59.975 --> 00:12:01.243
  • Goliath was coming out totaunt the armies of Israel.
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  • The Bible says,"And all the men of Israel,
  • 00:12:04.046 --> 00:12:06.148
  • when they saw the man, fled fromhim and were dreadfully afraid."
  • 00:12:06.182 --> 00:12:10.186
  • He learns that Saul would givethe man who killed the giant
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  • great riches.
  • 00:12:13.122 --> 00:12:14.757
  • His brothersactually rebuke him.
  • 00:12:14.790 --> 00:12:16.592
  • One of them says,"Why did you come down here?
  • 00:12:16.625 --> 00:12:19.395
  • And with whom have youleft those few sheep
  • 00:12:19.428 --> 00:12:21.397
  • in the wilderness?
  • 00:12:21.430 --> 00:12:22.631
  • I know your pride and theinsolence of your heart,
  • 00:12:22.665 --> 00:12:25.534
  • for you have come downto see the battle."
  • 00:12:25.568 --> 00:12:28.070
  • That wasn't very nice.
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  • David comes into thepresence of King Saul.
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  • Now, think about this.
  • 00:12:34.009 --> 00:12:35.177
  • A young shepherd boystanding before the mighty king.
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  • A shepherd.
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  • Not a warrior, not afighter, a humble shepherd.
  • 00:12:39.415 --> 00:12:43.686
  • But as we're about to see,your standing in this world
  • 00:12:43.719 --> 00:12:46.188
  • doesn't need to be measured byyour age or your occupation.
  • 00:12:46.222 --> 00:12:49.925
  • Your usefulness forGod isn't measured by,
  • 00:12:49.959 --> 00:12:52.695
  • you are not restrained byyour station in life
  • 00:12:52.728 --> 00:12:55.331
  • or in this world.
  • 00:12:55.364 --> 00:12:56.899
  • What God was looking forwas a man of faith,
  • 00:12:56.932 --> 00:12:59.368
  • someone who wouldrely on Him alone.
  • 00:12:59.401 --> 00:13:01.871
  • That man wasn't Saul; itwasn't any of David's brothers,
  • 00:13:01.904 --> 00:13:05.074
  • or any of thesoldiers in Israel.
  • 00:13:05.107 --> 00:13:07.543
  • If no one wouldstand up to this giant,
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  • what would end up happening?
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  • ♪[Music]♪
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  • You shouldn't makethe mistake of thinking
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  • that you're not wellenough equipped
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  • to do somethinggreat for God.
  • 00:13:19.054 --> 00:13:20.990
  • Now, when I say"something great,"
  • 00:13:21.023 --> 00:13:22.825
  • really what I mean is"something faithful."
  • 00:13:22.858 --> 00:13:25.995
  • There's a certain baptizedegotism that sees people wanting
  • 00:13:26.028 --> 00:13:29.698
  • to do something great for God,but truly their motivation
  • 00:13:29.732 --> 00:13:32.434
  • is simply to do somethinggreat for them, to be noticed.
  • 00:13:32.468 --> 00:13:35.437
  • And that's a trap, andyou want to avoid that.
  • 00:13:35.471 --> 00:13:37.740
  • But God is still looking formen and women and boys and girls
  • 00:13:37.773 --> 00:13:41.710
  • everywhere to allowHim to use them.
  • 00:13:41.744 --> 00:13:45.915
  • So here was David, a boy,a shepherd, a teenager,
  • 00:13:45.948 --> 00:13:50.719
  • the last person youwould have thought
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  • would take down a giant.
  • 00:13:52.621 --> 00:13:54.657
  • But when God called David,
  • 00:13:54.690 --> 00:13:56.792
  • David surrendered to Godand let God use him mightily.
  • 00:13:56.825 --> 00:14:01.964
  • "Then David said to Saul,
  • 00:14:04.133 --> 00:14:05.935
  • 'Let no man's heartfail because of him;
  • 00:14:05.968 --> 00:14:08.470
  • your servant will go andfight with this Philistine.'"
  • 00:14:08.504 --> 00:14:11.807
  • And Saul pretty much stated theobvious in his answer to David:
  • 00:14:11.840 --> 00:14:15.210
  • "You are not able to goagainst this Philistine
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  • to fight with him;
  • 00:14:17.746 --> 00:14:19.014
  • for you are a youth, and hea man of war from his youth."
  • 00:14:19.048 --> 00:14:23.919
  • Now, David doesn't argue,but he explains to the king
  • 00:14:24.920 --> 00:14:28.190
  • that when he was keepinghis father's sheep,
  • 00:14:28.223 --> 00:14:30.392
  • a lion and a bear attackedthe flock and took a lamb--
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  • on differentoccasions, no doubt.
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  • He killed them both.
  • 00:14:36.432 --> 00:14:38.667
  • David was a youngman of courage,
  • 00:14:38.701 --> 00:14:40.502
  • and courage was in short supplyhere in the Valley on Elah
  • 00:14:40.536 --> 00:14:43.739
  • that day.
  • 00:14:43.772 --> 00:14:45.007
  • And David said this:"The Lord, who delivered me
  • 00:14:45.040 --> 00:14:47.776
  • from the paw of the lion andfrom the paw of the bear,
  • 00:14:47.810 --> 00:14:50.479
  • He will deliver me fromthe hand of this Philistine."
  • 00:14:50.512 --> 00:14:53.015
  • Now, notice what David's doing.
  • 00:14:53.048 --> 00:14:55.517
  • He pointed to a time when Godhad done something great,
  • 00:14:55.551 --> 00:14:59.555
  • and based on that,he believed the same God
  • 00:14:59.588 --> 00:15:02.624
  • was able to dosomething great again.
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  • Let me encourage you.
  • 00:15:05.527 --> 00:15:06.929
  • When God answersyour prayer,
  • 00:15:06.962 --> 00:15:08.964
  • no matter what it'sabout, remember that.
  • 00:15:08.998 --> 00:15:11.700
  • Don't forget it.
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  • You might even wantto write it down.
  • 00:15:12.634 --> 00:15:14.603
  • And then you canalways say to God,
  • 00:15:14.636 --> 00:15:16.772
  • "Last time, you did this, sotherefore I'm believing in You
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  • to do some great thing again."
  • 00:15:20.876 --> 00:15:22.945
  • Answered prayers aren'tpowerful only in the moment;
  • 00:15:22.978 --> 00:15:25.948
  • they're evidence that the Godwho was faithful before
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  • will be faithful again.
  • 00:15:28.784 --> 00:15:30.819
  • "And Saul said to David, 'Go,and the Lord be with you!'"
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  • Saul put his armor on David,
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  • thinking it would bea help to the young man.
  • 00:15:36.291 --> 00:15:38.494
  • Surely he wouldn't want to go upagainst the giant with no armor.
  • 00:15:38.527 --> 00:15:42.464
  • But he did.
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  • It seems to me that David wantedthe credit for his victory
  • 00:15:43.699 --> 00:15:46.001
  • to go only to God.
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  • Wearing armor might have ledsome to think that it was
  • 00:15:48.003 --> 00:15:50.406
  • the armor or, or his preparationthat secured his victory.
  • 00:15:50.439 --> 00:15:54.610
  • And what happened next?
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  • Well, in a moment, we'll go tothe very creek, the very stream,
  • 00:15:55.911 --> 00:16:01.316
  • where David foundthe stone he would use
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  • to take down the giant.
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  • I'll be right back.
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  • ♪[Music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is the Valley of Elah,
  • 00:16:45.961 --> 00:16:47.496
  • about a 45-minute drivefrom Jerusalem in Israel.
  • 00:16:47.529 --> 00:16:51.166
  • It was here that the childrenof Israel camped on the hills
  • 00:16:51.200 --> 00:16:54.002
  • on one side of the valley,and the Philistines camped
  • 00:16:54.036 --> 00:16:57.106
  • on the hills on theother side of the valley,
  • 00:16:57.139 --> 00:16:59.808
  • when Goliathtaunted Israel.
  • 00:16:59.842 --> 00:17:02.878
  • It was here that David traveledfrom his home in Bethlehem.
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  • And even though he wasonly there to bring food
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  • for his brothers and to takeback a report to his father,
  • 00:17:08.784 --> 00:17:12.321
  • David soon found that he wasin much deeper than he expected
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  • when he left home.
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  • David went down to a brook.
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  • In fact, it wasthis very stream.
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  • [Sounds of traffic]Busy road nearby right now.
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  • Assuming, of course, that thestream hasn't changed its course
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  • over the years,and maybe it has.
  • 00:17:28.770 --> 00:17:31.206
  • But there was a streamhere in David's day
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  • about 1000 years BC.
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  • And this is the streamthat survives today.
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  • And as you look around,
  • 00:17:37.746 --> 00:17:39.448
  • you see there are many...
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  • rocks that wouldhave been suitable,
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  • enabling David to do the jobthat he needed to do.
  • 00:17:45.954 --> 00:17:49.525
  • And so he went armed witha staff--that's a stick--
  • 00:17:49.558 --> 00:17:53.028
  • and a sling--that was all.
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  • Of course, with five of these.
  • 00:17:55.430 --> 00:17:57.499
  • Goliath was covered up in armorand had an armor-bearer
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  • that went before him.
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  • David went withvirtually nothing,
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  • except he hadwhat mattered most.
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  • He had God on his side,and he knew it.
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  • When Goliath saw that Israel hadsent a youth out to fight him,
  • 00:18:09.845 --> 00:18:13.916
  • he was disgusted.
  • 00:18:13.949 --> 00:18:15.551
  • He said to David,
  • 00:18:15.584 --> 00:18:16.685
  • "'Am I a dog, that youcome to me with sticks?'
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  • And the Philistine cursedDavid by his gods.
  • 00:18:19.888 --> 00:18:22.925
  • And the Philistinesaid to David,
  • 00:18:22.958 --> 00:18:25.093
  • 'Come to me, and I will giveyour flesh to the birds
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  • of the air and thebeasts of the field!'"
  • 00:18:28.230 --> 00:18:31.633
  • Now, notice what Davidsaid in verse 45:
  • 00:18:31.667 --> 00:18:35.103
  • "You come to me witha sword, with a spear,
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  • and with a javelin.
  • 00:18:37.573 --> 00:18:39.208
  • But I come to you in thename of the Lord of hosts,
  • 00:18:39.241 --> 00:18:42.044
  • the God of the armies ofIsrael, whom you have defied."
  • 00:18:42.077 --> 00:18:45.647
  • Verse 47: "Then allthis assembly shall know
  • 00:18:45.681 --> 00:18:48.917
  • that the Lord does not savewith sword and spear;
  • 00:18:48.951 --> 00:18:53.121
  • for the battle is the Lord's,
  • 00:18:53.155 --> 00:18:55.090
  • and He will give youinto our hands."
  • 00:18:55.123 --> 00:18:59.561
  • The Bible tells us that whenGoliath came out to meet David,
  • 00:18:59.595 --> 00:19:02.965
  • David ran towards Goliath.
  • 00:19:02.998 --> 00:19:05.367
  • Then, without a sword,using only a sling and stones,
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  • David ended the life ofthe Philistines' champion.
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  • A stick, a bag, a sling,and five stones.
  • 00:19:14.576 --> 00:19:18.714
  • Now, why five stones?
  • 00:19:18.747 --> 00:19:20.182
  • Certainly not becausehe thought he would miss,
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  • although maybe he was intendingnot to appear presumptuous.
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  • It would take a lotof confidence
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  • to go out therewith just one rock.
  • 00:19:27.356 --> 00:19:30.359
  • Now, what about the idea thatGoliath had four brothers?
  • 00:19:30.392 --> 00:19:33.095
  • Well, the passage itselfdoesn't say anything about that.
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  • Now, there is a storyin 2 Samuel 21
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  • that speaks about fourother Philistine giants.
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  • Does this mean they wereGoliath's brothers,
  • 00:19:41.136 --> 00:19:42.838
  • and they werethere that day?
  • 00:19:42.871 --> 00:19:44.339
  • No, not necessarily.
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  • Seems to me that'sjust speculation.
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  • Could be right, I guess.
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  • But really, probablya bit of a stretch.
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  • The Philistines, of course,did not keep their promise
  • 00:19:52.214 --> 00:19:54.950
  • that they would serve Israel,but instead turned and fled,
  • 00:19:54.983 --> 00:19:59.221
  • pursued by the army of Israel,
  • 00:19:59.254 --> 00:20:01.290
  • which was now feelingpretty confident.
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  • It's interesting the effectthat one person of faith
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  • can have on a group of peoplewhose faith is flagging.
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  • [Birds twittering]
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  • ♪[Soft mysteriousMiddle Eastern music]♪
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  • The wounded fell alongthe road to Shaaraim,
  • 00:20:12.467 --> 00:20:15.304
  • which means "two gates."
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  • It's believed thatthat is the city,
  • 00:20:17.606 --> 00:20:19.141
  • the old city ofKhirbet Qeiyafa,
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  • which is right whereI'm standing now.
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  • And also they fellalong the road to Gath,
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  • where Goliath isfrom, and Ekron.
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  • In the most unlikelyof circumstances,
  • 00:20:30.118 --> 00:20:32.321
  • God's people were victorious.
  • 00:20:32.354 --> 00:20:34.256
  • And why was that?
  • 00:20:34.289 --> 00:20:35.957
  • Because a young man,well, a boy, really,
  • 00:20:35.991 --> 00:20:39.027
  • believed God was with Him.
  • 00:20:39.061 --> 00:20:40.996
  • He was jealous forthe honor of God,
  • 00:20:41.029 --> 00:20:42.998
  • not for his own honor.
  • 00:20:43.031 --> 00:20:44.933
  • David was motivated by causingpeople to see that Israel's God
  • 00:20:44.966 --> 00:20:48.637
  • was the true God, and thatwas clearly seen that day.
  • 00:20:48.670 --> 00:20:52.307
  • I'll tell you this;
  • 00:20:52.341 --> 00:20:53.442
  • if we are more concernedwith the honor of God
  • 00:20:53.475 --> 00:20:55.410
  • and less concerned withthe honor of ourselves,
  • 00:20:55.444 --> 00:20:58.513
  • both the world and the churchwould be a better place.
  • 00:20:58.547 --> 00:21:01.683
  • David wanted to see God honored.
  • 00:21:01.717 --> 00:21:04.052
  • The pagans at the time,the Philistines and others,
  • 00:21:04.086 --> 00:21:06.922
  • believed that a military victorydemonstrated that their god
  • 00:21:06.955 --> 00:21:10.092
  • was the true god,the most powerful god.
  • 00:21:10.125 --> 00:21:13.462
  • David couldn't stand thethought of the God of heaven
  • 00:21:13.495 --> 00:21:15.997
  • coming off lookingsecond-best.
  • 00:21:16.031 --> 00:21:18.467
  • Sometimes it's rightto take risks,
  • 00:21:19.134 --> 00:21:21.370
  • but when God is with you, it'snot a risk; it's a sure thing.
  • 00:21:21.403 --> 00:21:25.207
  • Now, let's switch this up justa little bit because all of us
  • 00:21:25.240 --> 00:21:28.009
  • are in the midst of our ownDavid-and-Goliath battle,
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  • every person alive.
  • 00:21:30.746 --> 00:21:33.248
  • Goliath would be an adequaterepresentation of the devil
  • 00:21:33.281 --> 00:21:36.251
  • coming against God's people,taunting, threatening.
  • 00:21:36.284 --> 00:21:40.622
  • So what do you do whenthe devil comes by?
  • 00:21:40.655 --> 00:21:43.258
  • What do you when, whentemptation gets after you?
  • 00:21:43.291 --> 00:21:46.695
  • And let's remember temptationis stronger than we are.
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  • "All have sinned,"the Bible says.
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  • Jeremiah inJeremiah 17:9 wrote that,
  • 00:21:53.268 --> 00:21:56.204
  • "The heart is deceitfulabove all things,
  • 00:21:56.238 --> 00:21:58.507
  • and desperately wicked;who can know it?"
  • 00:21:58.540 --> 00:22:01.743
  • He wrote a similar thought inJeremiah 13:23 when he said,
  • 00:22:01.777 --> 00:22:04.646
  • "Can the Ethiopian change hisskin or the leopard its spots?
  • 00:22:04.679 --> 00:22:09.084
  • Then may you also do good whoare accustomed to do evil."
  • 00:22:09.117 --> 00:22:13.255
  • In other words, we havethis problem heart,
  • 00:22:13.288 --> 00:22:16.525
  • this broken characterthat wants to do wrong
  • 00:22:16.558 --> 00:22:19.461
  • and doesn't want to do right.
  • 00:22:19.494 --> 00:22:21.563
  • And that causes dissonancebetween us and God.
  • 00:22:21.596 --> 00:22:24.199
  • We're easy pickingsfor the devil.
  • 00:22:24.232 --> 00:22:26.768
  • We're like the little guyagainst the big guy.
  • 00:22:26.802 --> 00:22:29.371
  • So what do we do?
  • 00:22:29.404 --> 00:22:31.006
  • You know what it's liketo fail and to fail again.
  • 00:22:31.039 --> 00:22:33.508
  • You know what it's like
  • 00:22:33.542 --> 00:22:34.409
  • when temptation getsthe better of you.
  • 00:22:34.443 --> 00:22:36.745
  • It doesn't feel good.
  • 00:22:36.778 --> 00:22:38.947
  • Now, what weapons did David havein his fight against the giant
  • 00:22:41.283 --> 00:22:45.086
  • right there inthe Valley of Elah?
  • 00:22:45.120 --> 00:22:47.589
  • Well, he had a sling and stones.
  • 00:22:47.622 --> 00:22:51.560
  • A sling and stones.
  • 00:22:51.593 --> 00:22:53.195
  • You wouldn't think thatwould guarantee him success.
  • 00:22:53.228 --> 00:22:56.698
  • Now, what weapons do we havein our fight against sin
  • 00:22:56.731 --> 00:22:59.901
  • and temptation?
  • 00:22:59.935 --> 00:23:01.303
  • Well, Paul wrote about thisin 2 Corinthians chapter 10,
  • 00:23:01.336 --> 00:23:04.272
  • when he said,
  • 00:23:04.306 --> 00:23:05.674
  • "For though wewalk in the flesh,
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  • we do not war after the flesh:
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  • for the weapons of ourwarfare are not carnal,
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  • but mighty through God to thepulling down of strong holds."
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  • So, what are the weapons that wewield in our battle against sin
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  • and temptation?
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  • Faith, the Word of God,the promises of God,
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  • the presence of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Live close to God.Invite God into your life.
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  • He will live in you, bringHis power into your life.
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  • Read the Bible.
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  • Do what Jesus did when Hewas confronted by temptation,
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  • and quote Scripture.
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  • You can let the Wordof God be your defense.
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  • ♪[Soft music]♪
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  • Now, here's howthis works.
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  • You have a need in your life,
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  • and you claim the promisemade by God to you
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  • that you find inPhilippians 4 and verse 19:
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  • "My God shall supply all yourneed according to His riches
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  • in glory by Christ Jesus."
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  • You lack wisdom about acertain situation in your life,
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  • and you remember that Godmade a promise to you
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  • that you find inJames 1 and verse 5:
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  • "If any [man] lack wisdom,let him ask of God,
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  • [who gives] to all menliberally,
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  • and upbraideth not;and it shall be given him."
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  • These are promises.
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  • God made them to you.
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  • And when you claimthose promises,
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  • you're simply takingGod at His word.
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  • God has said,"I will do this."
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  • You are saying, "Okay,I'm calling You on that.
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  • I'm believing You on that.I'm expecting You on that."
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  • In other words, "I'm havingfaith in You on that.
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  • And I'm anticipating,I'm believing
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  • that You are going to dowhat Your Word says."
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  • And in your battleagainst sin and temptation,
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  • that is powerful.
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  • David defeated the giant righthere in the Valley of Elah.
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  • Satan, the "giant,"will be defeated
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  • right here in your heart,right where you are,
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  • when you call on God and expectGod to do great things for you.
  • 00:25:05.460 --> 00:25:11.299
  • -Announcer:A sling, a stone,
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  • -John Bradshaw: Let's praytogether in this historic place.
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  • Our Father in heaven, we'rethankful that we've been able
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  • to come here to the very sitewhere a great victory of faith
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  • was won, an unlikely victory.
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  • We thank You for inspiring usto know that victory is certain
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  • when our livesare in Your hands,
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  • when we're following Your will.
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  • We thank You thatYou are with us today
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  • as You were with David then.
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  • Lord, be close to usin our battle.
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  • Be close to us asevil threatens us.
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  • Be our defense and our shield.
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  • We thank You for blessingus and keeping us.
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  • Friend, have you opened yourheart to God and asked God
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  • to be your God, your guide,your defense?
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  • Why don't you do it now?
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  • Father, would You take thatheart and make it Yours?
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  • And give that person assurancenow that as her life or his life
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  • is in Your hands, the giftof eternal life is certain.
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  • And we thank You inJesus' name. Amen.
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  • Thanks so muchfor joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward toseeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shallnot live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • ♪[Theme music]♪
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