The ancient pagan view of war is a lot different than the Christian one: David, a sling, and five smooth stones against a giant.
Hector could have picked up something from the shepherd boy:
- Just carry what you need.
- Accuracy trumps size and strength every day of the week… and twice on Sundays.
- Forget the armour, if it doesn’t fit and won’t help.
In The Tortoise, the Hare, and the Knitter, Gary North notes two other factors:
- The holy anointing… which skipped the older brothers, and was given on the youngest one. Size doesn’t matter: righteousness does.
- David was actually too young to join the army: you had to be 20+ to be chosen to fight (Exodus 30:15).
- David wasn’t just angry that some worthless pagans was defying the People of God: He also likes the money and the girl – King Saul’s daughter – that came with victory. “Doing well by doing good” is a God-approved way to live.
I would add:
Offense over defense, projectiles over swords, skill over strength.
Make the battlefield work for you: if it doesn’t pay to get close in, don’t get close in.
And, when you’re ready, aim at the champion of the enemy host.
“Strike the shepherd” works both ways.
“Who are these uncircumcised Philistines,
that they should defy the armies of the living God?”
— David (slightly modified)
That’s what I want to know, today!