“24”–Freaky Friday

Sorry, I’m not talking about Jack Bauer’s real time adventures in saving the United States from terrorists. (But I sure do miss that show!) Today’s Freaky Friday post is an adventure in Old Testament history. Both 2 Samuel and I Chronicles report details of some of Israel’s battles against the Philistines. You might remember the Philistines. The guys with Goliath–the giant who came tumbling down when a boy named David went down to the brook where 5 little stones he took. One little stone went into his sling and the sling went round and round . . . and round and round and round and round and round and round and round. And that one little stone hit the giant in the head, and the giant came tumbling down, and David chopped his head off! End of giant!

Well, end of that giant anyway. For Goliath wasn’t the only giant to come tumbling down. The Philistines grew their boys big, and they continued to bring it on to the armies of God. By sheer size alone these were some pretty freaky dudes, but one in particular, gets a little bigger mention than the others. Seriously, take a look:

“In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot–twenty four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan, son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.” I Chronicles 20:6-7

That’s all the info we get–“a huge man with 12 fingers and 12 toes.” “24” My guess is people had heard of him before. He’s no better, no worse than any of the other giants; he just has a few extra digits. That must have been a little unusual for that time, seeing as this information is shared in his giant, yet very short story.

There’s no super spiritual application here. Ok, well maybe there is a little something “spiritual” here for us. We all tend to have “enemies” in our life, although they aren’t always people. Just things that work to keep us from victory, declaring war on us and the peace God has promised.

Some of our enemies are pretty common. Some of them are bigger than others, and sometimes we face things that may seem a bit freaky. But God is our defender, our sword and our shield, our fortress and stronghold, and He is able and faithful to take care of our enemies once and for all. Just like in the days of the giants.

We also, like David and his mighty men, are up to the fight. Because of Christ, we are brave; we are valiant; we are called and we will overcome! Because of Christ.

Just like in the days of the giants–even the freaky ones!