Day 13: The Serpent Slayer

31david&GoliathAlthough we know David is not the offspring we do get a glimpse of another way he points to Christ. Lets look at 1 Samuel 17.

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

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2 thoughts on “Day 13: The Serpent Slayer

  1. Hi Cat
    What a great anology between David and Jesus. If I remember correctly, I think Goliath also had six fingers on each hand. Whenever I hear of another world catostrophe, which seems to happen more frequently, I always remind myself that Jesus has already overcome the enemy and the world.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

    • Hey Mia, yes it is so good that Jesus has the victory and beats the serpent and also death! Thank you for reading these posts, i hope you are enjoying them as a run up to Christmas? 🙂

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