Articles Comments » Bible Studies, Blog » What David Learned from the Lion and the Bear

What David Learned from the Lion and the Bear

In Samuel 17:31-37, David has been brought before King Saul.  People have heard David’s bold words about how Goliath had to be faced.  Saul has sent for him.

When David expresses that he will fight Goliath, King Saul says this is impossible due to his youth and inexperience.

David shares the story of fighting against a lion and also a bear who had attempted to rob sheep from the flock he was entrusted to watch.  During this story, we can gleen a critical lesson that David learned from the lion.

He says that a lion came and took a sheep from the flock.  He went after the lion and smote (or struck) it.  What he used, we don’t know.  But it was enough to apparently either knock the lion silly or seriously distract it.  David had enough time and opportunity to rescue the poor sheep out of the lion’s mouth.

After the magnificent rescue, however, the lion arose and attacked David.  David had hand to hand combat (or hand to paw) with the lion.  I wonder if he still carried scars from the ordeal.  He won the fight and killed the lion.

When he went out to fight Goliath, he showed that he had learned one important lesson from these experiences:  finish your enemy while he is down.  That may sound merciless and brutal, and it is.  But in war, one does not always have the chance to negotiate.  When a Philistine is planning to kill you and subject your nation to slavery and humiliation, you don’t think twice about it.  David didn’t.  He struck down Goliath to the ground, just like the lion.  But then he immediately went over, took the Philistine’s sword and severed his head.  This time, there would be no chance for the enemy to leap up and counterattack.

What about you?  I’m not talking about the realm of flesh and blood.  Are there areas in your life where you have been at war with the devil and you have gained a partial victory?  Don’t stop now.  Press on through to a complete and total victory.  Finish the battle!  If you give the devil a foothold, he will turn it into a stronghold from which he will attack every area of you life possible.

Be done with sin.  Be done with slavery to lusts and passions which will devour and enslave you.  Be done with weights which will hinder your walk with God.


Written by

Filed under: Bible Studies, Blog

8 Responses to "What David Learned from the Lion and the Bear"

  1. David says:

    I wish everyone would read this this is AWESOME

  2. Nancy says:

    Jesus finished that he started. We ough to do likewise, this piece is an answer as to why christians find themselves zero grazing. We have partially finished what we started.


  3. Kim Oanh Curtin Cash says:

    How encouraging to how you placed David’s story from the Bible to a lesson and a different perspective on how we should understand how Father God works in our lives! HE is our Beginning and Ending ~~ thank you JESUS CHRIST~~ and we should, like you wrote in your blog, FINISH THE BATTLE to get rid of whateva Satan is trying to keep DOWN with!!
    Love and friendship alwaze in Jesus Christ,
    Kimi ;~}

  4. Lingani Mabutho says:

    We should crucify every sinful nature and passion and abide to Christ Jesus our Lord.amen

  5. Neelam dass says:

    It gives me the meaning of my dream which I had at night. I saw myself fighting with a lion after he attacked one of my friend. I rescued my friend and then i started fighting with lion. I beat lion two times but again he attacked me then i killed that lion .

  6. John Gardner says:

    This is a great article.

  7. carol faville says:

    Are you from NYS??

    1. craig says:

      NYS? New York State? Not sure what you mean by NYS?

Leave a Reply