Ray Comfort: The Fleeing Philistines

“Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand…Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled” (1 Samuel 17:40,51).

The story of David and Goliath is an icon of Scripture. Even those in the world know what happened. When they want to illustrate a fight with a giant of some sort, they often refer to it as “David versus Goliath.”

The Philistines had lined up against Israel’s army and day after day, each morning and evening, their champion taunted God’s people. Goliath’s taunting was so daunting, every soldier in Israel trembled.

But the Philistines did something that wasn’t too intelligent. They put all their eggs in one big basket: Goliath. They were so sure that no one could beat their nine-foot-ten giant, they made no provision for his defeat, and when he went down, they fell with him. When one shepherd boy took down their weapon of mass destruction, they were forced to flee for their lives. They didn’t have a second string to their bow.

The world puts all of their eggs in one basket when it comes to their salvation. They champion self-righteousness and make no provision for its failure to justify them on Judgment Day. But on that terrible Day there will be nowhere to flee. Not even the rocks will hide them from their enemy—Eternal Justice. And it’s because of that terror that we must do all we can to reach them with the glorious gospel.

Notice what it was that David had in his arsenal. He took in his hand his staff, five smooth stones, and, of course, his trusty sling. Without it, the stones would be useless.

God has given the Church the fivefold ministry listed in Ephesians 4:11: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. But notice that four of these are to serve within the Church, while the evangelist has a concern for those outside the Church—the unsaved. His passion and ministry is to equip the Church to reach the lost, and for that he carries, like Moses, a special rod of authority that moves the hand of God. On the day David met Goliath, it typified his God-given authority to take down the giant.

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Source: Christian Post