Episode 152 – David and Goliath Pt 1: Guard Your Shephelah

David and Goliath is a story we all know. But like all stories that stand the test of time, there’s more to it than we fully understand.Before we go any further, we need to look at the original context of this beloved Bible story. We begin by carefully examining the geography of the event, and understanding the location alone yields a whole new level of insight. By the end of this episode, you’ll have a new appreciation for the urgency of the David and Goliath story, and a helpful metaphor for guarding your heart and mind in our world today.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the first David and Goliath teaching? 
  • How does understanding the geographical context of the story change or deepen your appreciation for it? 
  • What are some of the key “battlegrounds” in your life where you feel the tension of whether you’re being influenced or you’re the one doing the influencing? 
  • What are some concrete actions you can take to “guard your Shephelah?” 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  
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  1. Wesley H Campbell June 7, 2022 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Brother Brad, as always, OUTSTANDING!!! Can’t wait for the next…!!!

    • Brad Gray June 7, 2022 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Wesley! We’ve got three more episodes in this series coming. It’s been fun putting together.

  2. Laura Robberts July 6, 2022 at 7:02 am - Reply

    L-O-V-E this context of geography here. How you tied it together at the end, with Guard our Shephelah was very moving. Very deep. Thanks for bringing the story of David and Goliath into such focus.
    On a side note, the “orange swipe” segue is distracting, unnecessary.

    • Brad Gray July 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      So grateful you enjoyed this episode! And we pulled the “orange swipes” from Pt 3 and Pt 4 (Pt 2 had already been released). Thanks!

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