Posted by: Pauline | June 17, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday June 24

1 Samuel 17:4-11, 32-49

The story of David and Goliath is so well-known that people with little or no knowledge of the Bible know what is meant by a David-vs-Goliath conflict. And the triumph of the apparent underdog is seen as evidence that people can and should stand up against bullies, against those who wield power to hurt others, and that they can hope to succeed.

What is far less commonly mentioned is the source of David’s confidence. Yes, he no doubt knew his own skill in using a sling as a weapon, and he would have had some advantage in agility to the heavily armored warrior. But David attributes both his confidence and his victory not to his own strength or ability, but to the power of God.

Mark 4:35-41

One could make a good argument that the storm in this passage was even more dangerous and deadly than a giant like Goliath. While a boy with a slingshot may have seemed like an unlikely warrior, Goliath was mortal, able to be killed by human weapons. But a storm is invulnerable to any kind of force that humans can bring against it. We might be able to survive it, but we cannot overpower it.

Little wonder that the disciples were filled with fear first by the storm itself, then by seeing their teacher vanquish the storm merely by speaking to it. They knew God had such power, but while they knew Jesus could heal, they clearly had not dreamed that he could wield the power of God in this way.

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