A Giant Prophecy

            One of the most recognizable stories in the Old Testament tells of the lad who slayed the giant Goliath. All Israel feared before the huge Philistine and only young David was brave enough to step forward without armor, place his trust in the Lord, and, armed with only a sling and five smooth stones face the giant for the armies of Israel.

            The giant fell at the faith of the young sheepherder with the speed of one stone.  And thatís all most people will admit to know about the story.

          1Sa 17:40 - :54 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling [was] in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield [went] before him.

And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was [but] a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.  And the Philistine said unto David, [Am] I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

            Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle [is] the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.  

            And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang [it], and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but [there was] no sword in the hand of David.

            But after the giant falls, the future king does something strange. 

            Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.  And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron. And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.  And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.

            The chasing was over, but now David has a special mission.  He is going to Jerusalem Ė unfriendly territory - carrying the head of the giant.  Letís put this trip into perspective. David had no business in Jerusalem, for he himself would rule from Hebron for the first seven years of his reign. 2Sa 2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.  (Jerusalem had not been conquered yet.) He left his armour in his tent, so he wasnít on a military mission.  Perhaps he was following the instruction of inspiration.

            He could have had no other purpose at that age to travel to Jerusalem except to fulfill a mission related to the head of the giant.  We donít know for certain what David did in Jerusalem, but we can draw some conclusions by what we read.  The head of the giant has no value or use to David, unless he intends to put it on pike and start trouble.  And as it is a head Ė that is, still with flesh and hair and parts, we must assume it wonít last in its present state for long.  Third, we never hear mention of it again, so David must have disposed of it in Jerusalem.  We conclude he buried it on the Lordís instructions, else wise, he could have just thrown it away anywhere.

            That wasnít to be Davidís last encounter with giants. 

          Jos 13:12 All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.

          Jos 15:8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same [is] Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that [lieth] before the valley of Hinnom westward, which [is] at the end of the valley of the giants northward:

          1Ch 20:4-8 And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines; at which time Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Sippai, [that was] of the children of the giant: and they were subdued.  And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff [was] like a weaver's beam.  And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of [great] stature, whose fingers and toes [were] four and twenty, six [on each hand], and six [on each foot]: and he also was the son of the giant But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David's brother slew him.  These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

            This may be the last of the race of giants in the land, for indeed, they are never mentioned again in Israelís history, thanks to the sword of David. 

            Remember this prophetic warning to Satan?

          Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

            What possible reason could we have to bring Satan into this?  From the time of the prophetic statement above until Davidís final slaying of the giants, Satan has not appeared in scripture. David lived and reigned about 1000 years before Christ.  If we take the order of Scriptures from Genesis chronologically, that puts the timing of this appearance nearly 3000 years after the garden.  Regardless, this is Satanís first mention by name since the fall of Adam.  How interesting that soon after the last of the giants is eliminated, Satan appears. What about that event was so significant to provoke his wrath?

            There are many opinions about how this race of giants came to be, and we wonít entertain that here, but regardless of what you think about their origin, hereís an indisputable fact:  Their demise brought on the ire of Satan, and it was targeted against the very man who took the race off the face of the earth.

          1Ch 20:8 These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

          1Ch 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

            Numbering, in and of itself is not a violation of Godís law.  Indeed, in 2nd Samuel 24:1 we read: "And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah." Improper numbering, however, is a violation.  The Lord gives instructions in Exodus on how to properly number.

Exd 30:11 - 16  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when [thou] numberest them.  This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel [is] twenty gerahs:) an half shekel [shall be] the offering of the LORD.  Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.  The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when [they] give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.  And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.      

Atonement money.  Because numbering implies ownership, there must be something to point to the true owner.  A token showing those numbered stand in need of a ransom for their souls; something that points to a savior and salvation.  David sinned by not following the instructions of the Lord in how to number and in not taking the atonement money.  He knew better, for he had properly numbered Israel before.  Satan stood up against David and provoked him to number Israel.  This was Satanís rage and revenge against David.  But what would make him so angry?  David found himself in great disfavor with the Lord for the way in which he had numbered Israel, but he had also handed Satan a tremendous defeat.  

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.                                  

If Ė and we must speculate here- if the giants had a kinship of some description to Satan, if they belonged somehow to Satan, then the elimination of their kind would be a crushing blow.  But the prophecy quoted in Genesis belongs to Christ.  

Fast forward now, to the day of the crucifixion.   The place described thusly in the New Testament by three writers:     

Mat 27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,  

Mar 15:22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.  

 Jhn 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called [the place] of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:      

A well known site Ė the place of a skull.  Singular.  I wonder how such a location came to earn its name?  Goliath of Goth.  Some claim the hill has the appearance of a skull.  I say, here a little, there a little.

David, a figure of Christ, brought the victory over the physical race of giants.  Christ brought the final victory over the entire spiritual reign. Did David fulfill a prophetic mission when he carried the skull to Jerusalem?  Did he bury it at the place now known as Golgotha?  Can you see the feet of Christ on the cross standing over the head of the serpent?  What giants are left in your life?  We can count on the Lord to crush them.     

Brother Royce Ellis