When Our Champions Become Our Idols

1 Samuel 17:47-51, “and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.” (48) When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. (49) And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. (50) So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. (51) Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.”

David’s notoriety in Israel began that day he defeated the giant.  Could anyone have set up a more dramatic, virtually “Hollywood” script?  Insurmountable odds.  A young shepherd boy with a, what?  Slingshot?  All eyes of both sides looking on.  And the giant goes down.  Incredible.  David became a champion in Israel.  Of him they would one day be singing, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands!”

But champions can become idols.  We know they have been idolized by us when they can do wrong, and still be followed.  It happened to David –

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