1 Samuel 17:45-47
“45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; FOR THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
The Bible is a multi-layered treasure storehouse from the Parshah (surface story) to the Sod (lowest layer.) It is one book that is all about ONE person: our Lord Jesus.
From Genesis to Revelation, over and over, in various offices, types and shadows, there are stories and snapshots of Him, His Jewish brethren, and US, The Church. All these things act as visual aids to teach us more about Him.
The Holy Spirit loves to teach us about Jesus in the stories themselves. But He also loves to hide these beautiful pictures in the meanings of names of people and places, in numbers, and even individual Hebrew letters. Many times, there is a story within a story within a story.
If you’d like to learn more about the layers of Bible study, you may follow the link below for a more in-depth discussion:
What a BOLD statement by this young man who was only 17 years old at the time. He was dwarfed by this giant of a man, the great champion of the Philistines. But he didn’t stand there in defiance of this giant in his own strength. No. He stood before him in the name of the LORD of Hosts. Big difference! His words, far from being like the bragging boast of this giant, were in fact a statement of great humility.
As you read above, even numbers have hidden meaning. David was only 17 when he killed Goliath. The number, “17,” in Bible numerics, means, “Victory.” It also corresponds to the day that Jesus rose from the dead, triumphing over the death itself: “The 17th day of the month of Nissan!”
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What you see in the picture above is the valley of Elah as it exists in Israel today. Azekah was a town on border between Israel and Philistia.
The Hebrew word for blood is “Dam.” When they want to make a word plural in, they add the letters “im” on the end which functions like our letter “s” in English.
“Dammim” is the plural of “dam.” It literally means, “Bloods.”
When they want to portray a very violent death or a very bloody affair, like the account of this battle, they use the plural of the word. So, Ephes Dammim means “the boundary of the bloods-plural.”
Is there anything more efficacious than the blood of our Lord Jesus? NO!
He whispers things like:
“Oh, wow! You really screwed up again!”
“You are totally out of control.”
“What a terrible parent you are.”
“You know, so and so reads their Bible for two hours EVERY day. You only read fifteen minutes; and you didn’t even take time to pray! Shame, shame, shame!….and you didn’t take time for your Bible study lesson, either. God must be very displeased with you.”
On and on he drones; negative, destructive, self-condemning thoughts. It never ends. Don’t listen to him. HE IS LYING. But, in order for him to win, you have to listen to, believe, and buy into his lies.
In order for his puny plan to succeed, however, you have to stand up, come DOWN from your high place seated next to Jesus and go DOWN into the valley; DOWN into defeat. That is how you “fall” from grace. We “fall” because we come DOWN from our high place DOWN to the LOWER place; DOWN into the VALLEY of fear and defeat.
Are you sensing a pattern here?
Hebrew And Typologies.
Elah, in Hebrew, means “Awesome, fearful One,” from the root word for fear.
Each army was on a mountain on either side of the valley of Elah. A champion from the Philistines went out from the camp. He was the giant, GOLIATH, whose name means “stripped, exile.” This “type” of THE enemy–the devil–Jesus has stripped and exiled!
He was from the town of Gath which, in Hebrew, means “Winepress.” It says in Rev.19:15 that “Jesus Himself treads out the WINEPRESS of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” “Having stripped principalities and powers; He spoiled them!…….
He will never remind you that you are God’s beloved.
YOU ARE GOD’S BELOVED SON OR DAUGHTER.
Whenever you hear any preaching or teaching that makes you feel like you have not quite arrived, have not measured up to some standard, in other words, has you looking at you instead of at Jesus, you have just heard the booming voice of Goliath in your ears.
Stay right where you already are: Safe with Jesus, THE GREATER DAVID, whose name means “Beloved.” Stay safe on THIS SIDE of the Ephes Dammin.