Weekly Study Questions

1 Samuel 17, "More Than A Giant"

  1. According to 1 Sam. 8: 5, 19-20 why did the people of Israel want a king?

  2. Why do you think this request displeased Samuel?

  3. What does God say about their request and why do you think He would allow it?  What does God want the children of Israel to know about living in the power of man and living in the power of God?

  4. In 1 Samuel 8: 7 what does it mean that they rejected God as their king?  

  5. In 1 Samuel 9: 1 – 2 what seems to qualify Saul as a great choice to be king?  To fulfill the request of the people concerning a king?

  6. What is God's standard for continued blessing with or without a king according to 1 Sam. 12: 12 – 15?

  7. In what way is the appearance of Goliath (1 Sam. 17) a direct challenge to the idea that a human king could fight for Israel?

  8. Is it significant that Goliath wants to fight against a champion from Israel and why would Saul naturally be that choice?

  9. What is Saul's response to the challenge by Goliath?

  10. Why do you think the description of Goliath is so precise and what do you think God is doing by recording it for us?

  11. Why do you think David saw the challenge of Goliath so differently than Saul did, what made the difference?  

  12. Discuss the difference between Saul's opinion and David's in 1 Sam. 17: 31 – 37?  What is Saul's focus and perspective, and what is David's?  Why is it so different?  What was it that gave David so much confidence and in what way is God still developing that confidence in His children today?

  13. In 1 Sam 17: 45, what does it mean to come in the name of the Lord of hosts?  In what way does this redefine the battle as opposed to Goliath's definition in 1 Sam. 17: 8 – 10?

  14. What does it mean in 1 Sam. 17: 46 – 47 that "the battle is the Lord's"? Why was it critically important for Israel to know that then, and why is it critically important that we know it now?

  15. How does this account of David and Goliath help us understand how God would have us live life in the face of our own Goliaths?

  16. What are some of your Goliaths and in what way do they challenge your understanding and faith in God? In what way do they "taunt" God and cast a "reproach" upon His name?

  17. How does this passage help you rethink how big your Goliaths really are when compared not just against man, but against God?

  18. How are you going to apply the truth of this passage to your own challenges in life (your Goliaths) and allow the "battle to be the Lord's"?

  19. In what way does your past experiences with the Lord equip you to handle the Goliaths you face today?