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Summary: The eighteen similarities between David and Goliath and Jesus and Satan

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The Seventh Similarity

Both were betrayed; yet both overcame

Betrayed by those he served, David delivered the city of Keilah from the Philistines, and yet the people of Keilah were ready to hand David over to Saul (1 Sam 23:1–12). Similarly, though David had delivered Israel from Goliath, and though he had more success against the Philistines than all the servants of Saul, so that his name was highly spoken of.

Yet the people readily reported David’s presence to Saul. Later, the Philistines refused to allow David to go into battle with them (29:1–11), and when David and his men returned to Ziklag they found it burned and all the women and children taken captive (30:1–5). Remarkably, David’s own men, “bitter in soul” at this calamity, were ready to stone him.

Similarly, Jesus cast demons out of many, healed many, and even raised people from the dead (e.g., Matt 4:23–25; Mark 5; Luke 7:11–15; John 11). John indicates that Jesus also did signs in Jerusalem (John 2:23; 5:1–9; 9:1–12). Even if most of his mighty works were not done in Jerusalem, it is likely that many in the crowd shouting, “crucify him!”, had come to Jerusalem for the Passover from areas where Jesus had done mighty works. Just as the city people that David delivered in Keilah were ready to hand David over to Saul, so the crowds, whom Jesus delivered from demons, disease, and death, were ready to hand him over to Rome. Just as David’s men were ready to stone him, Judas was ready to betray Jesus (e.g., matt 26:14–16), and the rest of the disciples abandoned him in his hour of need. Wow!

The Eighth Similarity

1 Samuel 17:54

And David took the head of the Philistine (Goliath) and brought it to Jerusalem.

Why would David do that? There are no insignificant details in the bible . According to rabbinical commentaries, all rabbis agree that Goliath’s head was buried at a place of Sculls, which is Golgotha.

Matthew 27:35

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say (a place of Sculls) they crucified him!

On that very mountain, a greater seed of David (Jesus) came, and crushed and disarmed the greater Goliath (Satan), and gave all of us the victory over Satan. Wow! wow! wow!

2 Corinthians 2:4

Now thanks be to God which causes us to triumph in Christ.

David cut off Goliath’s head. Jesus will destroy the world’s worst enemy, Satan.

Let us look closely at Zachariah’s prophesy of Jesus in Luke 1:71:

That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us.

David delivered Israel from their fear of Goliath. Jesus delivers us from our fear of sin, death and Satan, so that we can serve God without fear, amen!

The Ninth Similarity

David returns to King Saul’s palace with the head of Goliath in his hand and blood is dripping!!!

1 Samuel 17:57

And David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.


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