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It All Adds Up, is a in-depth look at the Bible and the significance of numbers in both the Old and New Testaments.  Here is the first installment entitled,

Five Smooth Stones

  I remember hearing the story of David and Goliath when I was very young. There was even a song that we learned in Vacation Bible School that went something like this: “Only a boy named David, only a little sling, only a boy named David but he could pray and sing..only a boy named David, only a rippling brook, only a boy named David, but five little stones he took”. I believed that with the help of God, I could conquer giants too! What an innocent, sweet faith that I had then. As time went by, I began to wonder how many Goliaths I would have to face in my life. Just as one went down another would rise up and I eventually became discouraged and battle weary. I chose to take off the armor and hide for awhile. Had I known the truth of the five stones sooner, I may have become weary but I would not have lost heart and stopped fighting.

David was just a teenager when He faced Goliath. He was a shepherd in his father’s pastures and from a shepherds heart and point of view he wrote a beautiful song, Psalm 23. “The Lord is my shepherd”. Not all shepherds were as diligent, kind and watchful as David was. He singlehandedly killed both a lion and a bear that were threatening the sheep in his care. He was bold and fearless and knew that “the Lord, HE, is my shepherd”!

1 Samuel chapter 17 tells the memorable story of David’s first battle. The Philistines had gathered their army for battle and the Israelites came out to fight them. Then, out came Goliath! He was a huge man, intimidating and mocking, and challenged the Israelites to a fight. “I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together” (1 Samuel 17:10). Not one of the Israelites would accept his challenge and he continued “mouthing off” for forty days. David was too young to be in the Israeli army and was left to tend the sheep. His father sent him to bring supplies to his brothers and it was then that he saw the giant. David was enraged! He boldly accepted Goliath’s challenge and proclaimed “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine!” (1 Samuel 17:37). He was too small for armor so he went to face Goliath with only a sling. Verse 40 tells us “And he took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine”. Five stones?? Why did the Lord impress on him to choose five stones from the brook? It is quite obvious that had he missed with the first stone, he would be hanging from the end of Goliath’s javelin! Interesting thought isn’t it? David shouted out to the great crowd “..and all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands!” (1 Samuel 17:47). David then ran to Goliath, took out a stone and hit Goliath right in the forehead with it and….”the giant came tumbling down”!

David continued to battle Israel’s enemies, and a fallen king, all through his life as recorded in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel. At the end of his life, David was still at war with the Philistines. I found 2nd Samuel 21:22-2nd Samuel 22:1 to be an incredible revelation: “…These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants. And David spoke the words of this song to the Lord in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of ALL his enemies and from the hand of Saul..” Wait, what was that?? Goliath had four sons? FIVE STONES! From the very first battle that David fought, God was promising him the victory over ALL of his enemies for the rest of his life! How amazing is that? My brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in the battle, the victory is yours! Reach into your shepherds pouch and feel the four smooth stones that are still there. Romans 8:35&37 tells us “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Rest when you need to rest, but never, never give up the fight. The Lord, HE is your shepherd!

Karen Dunn

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