David, Goliath, and the Gospel of Christ

Last week Timothy Brindle released a single off of his upcoming album, The Unfolding. Whether or not you enjoy the genre of hip-hop, the content is a great example of reading the Bible through the lens of Christ.

Musically, Brindle’s lyrics display the skills of the genre. Like his other albums, the patterned cadence and developed rhyme schemes make this a treat for the ears. Theologically, he provides a feast for the soul. His recording label, Lamp Mode, is known for it’s emphasis on lyrical theology.  Brindle doesn’t disappoint. On this track, he provides what will be for many, a fresh view of the story of David and Goliath. The Scriptures point to Christ (John 5:39). So, as Christians, it’s important that we read them that way.

This includes the narratives of the Old Testament. Though such stories were written as examples to us (1 Cor 10:11), that is not the primary focus. Instead, we should read passages to better understand why the Christ had to suffer, die, and risen again for our salvation (Luke 24:25-27, 44-47).  So, when we read the story of David and Goliath, instead of first asking, “How can I be like David?” ask, “Why do I need David’s greater Son?”

Enjoy the track or skip to the lyrics below. (Make sure you buy “Headcrusher” if you like it).

Verse 1 – David: The Anointed Shepherd-King Who Represents His People

David and Goliath—a familiar Bible story
But most Sunday school lessons still apply it poorly
What’s the way most preachers and teachers apply this?
“David’s our example when he defeated Goliath!
And by faith in God, we can beat all our giants,
Like our fears or anxieties that’s inside us! “
But that would be “amened” in Synagogue
So in this song, I’m a show you it’s about the Son of God!
It’s better than a moralistic application
Turn to 1 Samuel, the 16th chapter’s blatant:
מָשַׁח (mashach) the Hebrew verb “anoint” is attached to David [1 Sam. 16:1–13]
He’s the Shepherd-King fighting on behalf of his nation
So where can you and I find, ourselves in the story?
surely we’re the fearful Israelites on the sidelines
Who by Goliath would be stomped to the dust, though in God we have trust,
Sin, death, and Satan are stronger than us!
But Yahweh’s chosen one from the town of Bethlehem
The Spirit rest’s on him—he’s empowered now to represent
The Shepherd of the sheep represents his peeps [people]
So his victory is their victory, if by death he does defeat
David’s whole life is a pattern and pedigree
For his greater Son, the Last Adam, his descendant, The Holy Spirit came upon Him, after He descended, He …
Departed to the wilderness to battle with the enemy!

Chorus:
Is David and Goliath about facing your giants?
or about the Son of David who was slaying the tyrant
over Satan He triumphed, when He suffered and bled
our Representative King was crushing his head!
Is David and Goliath about facing your giants?
or about the Son of David who was slaying the tyrant
over Satan He triumphed, He got up from the dead
the main point of the story—He was crushing his head!

Verse 2 – Goliath: The Animalistic-Serpent
Now let’s put our eyes on Goliath
Whom 1 Samuel 17:5 is describing
ay yo! this giant’s worser than a cannibal
’cause Goliath is described as a serpent or an animal
In the Hebrew text, let us note detail:
because although they’re great—here our English Bibles only fail,
by translating his armor as “a coat of mail “
but the Hebrew clearly says that he’s “clothed in SCALES! “you’ll appreciate this, that the word קַׁשְׂקַׁשִּׂים (qasqasim) is only found a few other places:
besides to describe fish, this should stretch your mind:
it’s used of Pharaoh “The Dragon” in Ezekiel 29 [v. 4]
and drakōn (δράκων) is used 12 times in Revelation in the text for Satan now listen to the rest of David- verse 36, he’s comparing this giant:
he’ll be just as (כְְּׂ) a struck down bear or a lion so is this bizarre? Goliath asks, “Am I a dog?” [1 Sam. 17:43]
well, the answer is: YES YOU ARE! Because the Gentiles are so sinfully flawed
They more resemble a dog than the image of God [see Matt. 15:26]
But for the Adam-King in the Image of Jehovah [Psalm 8:5=Gen.1:26]
The beasts are those he is given to have dominion over (Psalm 8:6–7)
But Goliath takes after his fake-god:
because he’s about to be beheaded like the statue of Dagon! [1 Samuel 5:1–4]

Chorus:
Is David and Goliath about facing your giants?
or about the Son of David who was slaying the tyrant
over Satan He triumphed, when He suffered and bled
our Representative King was crushing his head!
Is David and Goliath about facing your giants?
or about the Son of David who was slaying the tyrant
over Satan He triumphed, He got up from the dead
the main point of the story—He was crushing his head!

Verse 3 – The Crushing of the Serpent’s Head
The uncircumcised snake and villain is one of Satan’s children
Verse 49: focus on the way that David killed him
By the humble slingshot, the stone’s crushing his head!
On behalf of Israel, David won in their stead
“Wait—let me come in—what’s with all this head crushing? “
Umm … the crushing of the Serpent should have already said something:
Genesis 3:15 this verse is read= the Offspring of the woman will crush the Serpent’s head!
Although the Gospel was foretold then, behold in David and Goliath, this promise is UNFOLDING
A vivid illustration, of how Jesus began to kill this filthy Satan at the wilderness temptation
If with my words you wrestle, this verse will settle:
The Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the devil [1 John 3:8]
Like sin’s enslavement, and attacks of accusation
And power over death—these are the acts of Satan
So on our behalf, Christ took the wrath (of God) to save men
-that crushed his head—His Coming-Back is the decapitation
From the dead, He rose for the sheep
He’s the Psalm 8, Daniel 7, Son of Man ruling over the beasts
A lethal dent-puncture, the Head-Crusher goes for
the giant’s weapon to behead him with his own sword [1 Sam. 17:51]
like how the Cross was Satan’s “trick “
but his own deeds literally came back on his head just like Haman’s did! [Esther 7:9–10]
we were trapped ourselves, but “the giant” crashed and fell
Christ alludes to our story in Matthew chapter 12
Since “the strong man” is bound, Christ already conquered him, [Matt. 12:28–29]
Now in Kingdom-Missions, us Christians can be confident
’cause when David disarmed him and he killed him,
He was followed by the rest of the Army of the Kingdom [1 Samuel 17:51–52]
Romans 16:20 is wonderfully deep:
Christians—“The God of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet!”

Chorus:
Is David and Goliath about facing your giants?
or about the Son of David who was slaying the tyrant
over Satan He triumphed, when He suffered and bled
our Representative King was crushing his head!
Is David and Goliath about facing your giants?
or about the Son of David who was slaying the tyrant
over Satan He triumphed, He got up from the dead
the main point of the story—He was crushing his head!

Bridge:
The Head-Crusher (C’mon!) 5x
The Son of David, Jesus Christ, is The Head-Crusher!
The Head-Crusher (C’mon!) 5x
Now in Christ, the Church of Jesus is The Headcrusher!

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