1 Samuel 17:1-50
Places everyone! Go to the sign with your ROLE/GROUP!
Car #1 – Goliath and the Philistines (Stand Tall with hands on hips)
Car #2 – King Saul and the Israelites (pretend to have a crown on your head)
Car #3 – David (bend down some like you are small. Pretend to have a slingshot)
Car #4 – Jesse and Lions/Bears (roar/growl and put up hands like paws)
Wranglers: We find ourselves today ‘membering one of the greatest true stories of all time- a boy named David who fought the great warrior, Goliath! This story is plumb full of God’s ALMIGHTY power and how he wants to fight our battles for us if we only trust him. We got nothing to fear cause THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S
Can everyone say that with me—
THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S
We are going to read it outta this here BIBLE- in 1 Samuel-Chapter 17– the message paraphrase version
Follow along with the script and act out YOUR PART as you’re prompted– got it? Follow the wranglers directions for acting cues and we are going to have a rip-roaring good time acting out this amazing story…
Everyone ready? ACTION!
The Philistines drew up their troops for battle…
*[Goliath and the Philistines- look mean and ready to fight]
Saul and the Israelites came together, and spread out their troops in battle readiness for the Philistines.
*[King Saul and the Israelites look mean and ready to fight]
The Philistines were on one hill, the Israelites on the opposing hill, with the valley between them. A giant nearly ten feet tall stepped out from the Philistine line into the open,
*[Goliath step out into open]
*[Philistines- get as tall as you can]
Goliath: “Why bother using your whole army? Pick your best fighter and pit him against me. If he gets the upper hand and kills me, the Philistines will all become your slaves. But if I get the upper hand and kill him, y’all become our slaves and serve us. I challenge the troops of Israel this day. Give me a man. Let us fight it out together!”
Narrator: When Saul and his troops heard the Philistine’s challenge, they were terrified and lost all hope.
*[King Saul and Israelites look terrified and dejected]
*[David- stand up and wave]
He was the son of Jesse from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse, the father of 8 sons. Jesse’s 3 oldest sons had followed Saul to war. David was the youngest son. David went back and forth from attending to Saul to tending his father’s sheep in Bethlehem. Each morning and evening for forty days, Goliath took his stand and made his speech.
Goliath: CHALLENGE!!!! Times 40 (if you want you say can the word challenge 40x)
Wrangler: meanwhile back at David’s home…
Narrator: One day, Jesse told David his son,
Jesse: “Take this food and Go check in on your brothers, King Saul and all the Israelites in their war with the Philistines. Let me know how they’re doing
Narrator: David arrived at the camp just as the army was moving into battle formation, shouting the war cry. Israel and the Philistines moved into position, facing each other, battle-ready.
*[David-run in place]
David ran to the troops and greeted his brothers. While they were talking together, the Philistine champion, Goliath of Gath, stepped out from the front lines of the Philistines, and gave his usual challenge. David heard him. The Israelites, to a man, fell back the moment they saw the giant—totally frightened. The talk among the troops was,
*[Israelites look frightened and shrink down]
Israelites-all say together: “Have you ever seen anything like this, this man openly and defiantly challenging Israel?
David: Who does he think he is, anyway, this uncircumcised Philistine, taunting the armies of the LIVING GOD?”
Narrator: The things David was saying were picked up and reported to Saul. Saul sent for him
[*David turn toward Saul]
David: “Master, Don’t give up hope. I’m ready to go and fight this Philistine.”
King Saul: “You can’t go and fight this Philistine. You’re too young and inexperienced—and he’s been at this fighting business since before you were born.”
David: “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, and rescue the lamb.
*[Lions and Bears -growl, show your teeth and claw at the air]
*[David- take silly string from river and shoot silly string at lion and bear]
*[Lions and Bears- play dead]
And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of the Living God. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.”
King Saul: “Go. And God help you!”
Narrator: Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge.
David told Saul,
David: “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.”
Narrator: And he took it all off.
Then David selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.
*[David- pick up the silly string from ‘brook’]
As the Philistine paced back and forth, he noticed David. He took one look down on him and sneered
Goliath: “Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick?”
Narrator: And he cursed him by his gods.
Goliath: “Come on,” “I’ll make roadkill of you for the buzzards. I’ll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice.”
David: “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”
Narrator: That roused the Philistine,
*[Goliath- take one big leap toward David (keeping 6 ft apart)]
and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine.
*[David- take one big lead toward Goliath(keeping 6 ft apart)]
David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply.
*[David- shoot the silly string at Goliath]
The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt.
Narrator: That’s how David beat the Philistine—with a sling and a stone. He hit him and killed him. — repeating David’s line- ‘The Battle belongs to God’– let’s say that all together…’THE BATTLE BELONGS TO GOD!