1 Samuel 17:24-27 (NLT)
24 As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. 25 “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes!”
26 David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” 27 And these men gave David the same reply. They said, “Yes, that is the reward for killing him.”
TIME OF DAY:
Clear sky – overhead sunlight.
David, stopping a fleeing Israelite soldier. Various Israelites running away from Goliath & the Philistine army. David’s eldest brother Eliab to the right of David
We know from the scriptures that Jesse & therefore David were from Bethlehem, which is about 15 miles east of the Elah Valley, where the confrontation between David & Golaith took place.
Google earth co-ordinates & orientation.
31 deg 42 ‘ 25.81” N 35 deg 11’ 53.98” E Looking ESE towards the Dead sea. The view West, towards the Elah valley is obscured by hills & so did make a very interesting background!
The scene is set amongst the Israelite ranks, with David stopping a soldier (amongst many) who are frightened by Golaith & running away (verse )
Verse 24 states that the Israelites started to run away in fright, which I thought might make an interesting & amusing cartoon!
Red flowers = Anemone coronaria, the Crown anemone or windflower, which represents Goliath’s blood in the last scene (Scene 11 – Goliath beheaded.)
17:26 SIN, Against God (2.51F)
Military strength, human willfulness and physical strength can not win the right to defy God. The Israelite soldiers cringed in fear at the sight of the giant Goliath, but God found resources to punish this defiant Philistine sinner in the form of a young, obedient shepherd boy called David. The Israelite soldiers should have trusted their mighty God – so must God’s people in all ages and generations.