Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 17:1-11, 26-32, 38-51 (day three)
“What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel?”
One can make a case that this question is actually rhetorical—that David is exposing these concerns as paltry diversions and absolutely beside the point: “The enemy commences with chest-pounding triumphalism against a God-delivered and God-shepherded people, and the best you can do is drool over the wanted poster?” Saul had proven himself unwilling or unable to provide any spiritual context for Israel’s predicament. Spinning fantasies of rewards and glory for some imaginary hero was all that kept Saul’s scared soldiers from deserting. David stepped into the breach, clarifying the issue: The biggest danger they faced was not the end of their self-governance, but the end of their knowledge of God. Fear Goliath, and Goliath is all you’ll find.