Before David was anointed King, he was a shepherd and the youngest of his brothers. He seems weak and small especially compared to Goliath.
Goliath is described as very tall with bronze armour and in the NIV it says that his armour had scales (17v5). He seems very serpent like. Goliath wants to fight Israel and crush them.
Israel are scared. King Saul is scared.
But David is not…David stands out in the battle field and fights Goliath. David had full trust in Lord at this point and says:
“The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of the philistine” (17v37)
David fights Goliath and kills him. He fights this serpent like man and crushes him. David saves Israel and He is their champion. Israel did nothing but mock and watch David – they added nothing to the defeat of Goliath.
In the same way, Jesus fights the serpent and wins and we are caught up in that victory yet we did nothing to contribute. Jesus is our champion and our saviour.
Jesus is our true serpent slayer.
Christmas is about the birth of the true serpent slayer, who is our champion and wins the victory for us.
*Painting by Caravaggio