How Big Is Your Goliath? (1 Samuel 17:4-9) By Pastor Rev. Dr. A. K. Lama Goliath is a historical character in the Bible. We read in 1 Samuel 17:4-9, 4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. 8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us." Notice in this verse, Goliath was a champion He was over nine feet tall He had a bronze helmet on his head He wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing 5000 shekels that would be around 57 killogram. He was armed with a bronze javelin His hand was grasping a spear that weighed around 7 killogram Imagine the strength of a person who is wearing an armor weighing 64 killograms.He had all possible protection on his body to insure his victory over Israel. He had heaviest, sharpest, and strongest arms.Prophet Samuel describes him as someone who is a giant, mighty, and invincible warrior, whose victory is sure and defeat is impossible. In the Ancient Near East, it was a common practice that when the two nations declared war against each other, they would first begin the battle between one of their best man. They would avoid the high cost of battle and great loss of life. Each party would select their best and strongest warrior and let them fight each other in full public view. Their winning would decide the winning party. Imagine the mindset of Israelite standing on the war front. When they saw Goliath, the invincible giant, who had no match what was going on in their mind.Goliath stood undefeated, unconquered, unchallenged, frightening and shaming the so called people of God. Let us read 1 Samuel 17:8-11 8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us." 10 Then the Philistine said, "This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other." 11 On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.For them Goliath was a huge leviathan. He was humongous giant who looked like a colossal monster. Goliath stood in front of them like an unconquerable, unattainable, unassailable, indomitable, and unbeatable obstacle. The people of God felt themselves like an ant before Mount Everest. They were men without any hope of victory. However, there was one man who looked at Goliath differently. His perspective was different. How you look at the thing matters determines how you will respond to the things you see.A shoe manufacturer who decided to open the Congo market sent two salesmen to the undeveloped territory. One salesman cabled back: "Prospect here nil. No one wears shoes." The other salesman reported enthusiastically, "Market potential terrific! Everyone is barefooted."