The Lion, the Bear and the Giants-1

1 Samuel 17:34 “And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:”
1 Samuel 17:36 “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”
A very interesting passage, you would say. David is one of my favourite bible characters. What fascinates me the most about him is his rise to power from the backside of life. He wasn’t born with “spoons,” yet he didn’t just get a silver spoon, he left golden spoons for his children.
I know you’ve probably read and learnt about him from children Sunday school, but I want to trust God to open our eyes to yet something new in his epic story.
David moved from the bush to the palace, but then certain things happened along the way. Notable among them was his conquest of the giant called Goliath. However, before he got to kill Goliath, he had to kill a lion and a bear. Killing the lion and the bear is usually something we don’t focus on. However, in this meditation, I want us to pay a closer attention to that side of the story.
We probably wouldn’t be talking about his conquest of Goliath the giant, if he had not killed the lion and the bear first. So, what do the Lion and the bear represent? How do they attack their prey?
The Lion is said to be the king of the forest and the biggest in the cat family. The Lion is very powerful and fierce, but it’s a very careful hunter. The lion stalks its prey for a very long time, usually for several hours before it attacks. The Lion also prefers to hunt very frequently in the evening and early in the morning, but mostly at night.
The lion’s greatest weapon against its prey is fear! The lion uses fear to isolate its prey if they are in groups. It also loves to isolate the weak, young and sickly ones that won’t put up much of a fight.
To be continued…
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