Week beginning: 24th May, 2015

By Jeremy Cooke | London

"You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied… This day... the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves: for the battle is the LORD's…"

1 Samuel 17 v 45-47 (NIV)

If you had to use one word to sum up Goliath, what would it be? In 1 Samuel 17, the word is "defiant". It appears 6 times by reference to him, in vv10, 23, 25, 26, 36 and 45. Goliath sets himself up against God and the people of God - with his spear

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