David and Goliath is a familiar story in one sense, but the biggest part of the story is often overlooked.
Remember the “five smooth stones?” Why five?
Because Goliath had four brothers and David knew it. He ended up dealing with them years later when he was king. 2 Samuel 21.
What is intriguing to me is that none of them backed up Goliath after he died. David scored once and neither the other giants nor the rest of the Philistine army wanted to fight – in fact they ran hard and fast. It wasn’t even a rout. It was an army in shambles.
It is not always this way. When God killed Korah, Dathan and Abiram in a stunning display of power, the people came back the very next day with utter arrogance, pushing their issues. Another 14,700 died as a result of their not learning the lesson the first time. Numbers 16.
Similarly, Ben-Hadad lost battle after battle with Israel because God was intervening through Elisha, but he kept on coming back.
Likewise, the Scribes and Pharisees lost a whole lot of encounters with Jesus before they decided they were damaging their brand too badly when Jesus’ brilliantly devastating zingers kept going viral on Twitter.
Often the devil does have a lot of staying power, but not always.
Join me in celebrating the one-and-done battles in Scripture that represent the God-speed destruction of the Egyptian Curse.
Copyright August 2015 by Arthur Burk
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