Story Behind The Book
In one of my bible studies, I was reading in 1 Samuel chapter 17. The story was about the Israelites under King Saul camped in the valley of Elah, preparing to battle the Philistines. Everyone is familiar with the story, but you must look closely at it to find the keys that set my imagination in motion.
In verse 50 it reads, ‘David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone and struck the Philistine and killed him, but with no sword in the hand of David.’ Now pay close attention to what happened next.
Verse 51 says, ‘David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it from the sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran! Verses 52 through 54 tell us much more than most people realize.
‘Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Sha-ara’im road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp. David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem and he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.’
Note that there are a few key points in these scriptures that get lost in the story of slaying a giant. David, full of faith, ran forward into battle without a sword. Remember what he told Goliath and the Philistines in verse 47? He said, ‘it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s.’ If you pay close attention, you will see more interesting points. After David cut Goliath’s head off, the Philistine army ran, and Israel and Judah surged forward. The fear was gone and the power of faith was embraced. They killed thousands upon thousands that day. Look at verse 7 in chapter 18 when the victory is being celebrated—Saul has slain his thousands and David his tens of thousands.
All of this started without a sword but with a lot of faith. One died before David pulled the sword from the scabbard, but thousands died afterward. When the battle ended, we read that David put the Philistine’s weaponsin his tent—not weapon. Also of critical importance, is when David reached into the stream (verse 40) for a stone, he chose five and put them in his pouch. Ever wonder why? I did. From that question, the next seed that grew to be my story, germinated.
Turn a few pages in your bible to chapter 23 verses 8 through 12. We are introduced to three very important men. Josheb-Basshe’beth, Eleazar, and Shammah. We read that these three slew many and performed feats far beyond normal men’s capabilities. My story starts in the midst of all of this. I began to think about why five stones? Why does it say he killed Goliath with a stone, then follows that with killed Goliath again after pulling the giants sword from its’ scabbard? Why use the giant’s sword to cut his head off? Why cut his head off anyway?
I asked myself…what if….? What if Goliath wasn’t a normal human being? What if he was a giant because he was part of a corrupted bloodline fathered by the fallen angels cast down from heaven mentioned in Genesis chapter 6 chapter 4. What if he was actually Nephilim?
I created a story based on Goliath and his brothers being Nephilim, and that David recognized them for what they were and in faith, he pulled a stone for each. What if David knew that the weapons of the Nephilim were special and that no other blade would sever the head of one of the unholy beasts. He pulled it out of the scabbard to deal directly with the other four. In the end, David managed to kill four, the fifth escaped.
The weapons from the others went to three of David’s most trusted friends, and the mighty men were formed. To Josheb, a spear. To Eleazar, another sword and Shammah, who stood in a field, wore a pair of golden armbands, making his hands as deadly as iron hammers so he could decimate the enemy. My story further expands on this imaginative trail when I tell the readers that the fifth escaped. In my story, that fifth giant is alive and well today and plays a key role in the trilogy.
Ask yourself…what if? Makes for fun storytelling and exciting battles!