By Apostle Aje Pelser
Preached at Harvester Reformational Church
David’s brothers and mighty men eventually finished the job of slaying the giants of their enemies. David had slayed Goliath, but he had 4 brothers. That’s why David picked up 5 smooth stones and the first hit its target. In this passage of 2 Samuel 21:15-22 we uncover some Identifications of spiritual giants and the strategies to slay them.
2Sa 21:15 When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint.
2Sa 21:16 Then Ishbi-Benob, who was one of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose bronze spear was three hundred shekels, who was bearing a new sword, thought he could kill David.
2Sa 21:17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, "You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel."
2Sa 21:18 Now it happened afterward that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was one of the sons of the giant.
2Sa 21:19 Again there was war at Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
2Sa 21:20 Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to the giant.
2Sa 21:21 So when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David's brother, killed him.
2Sa 21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.
Giant 1: Goliath
H1555 golyath BDB Definition:
Goliath = “splendour”
the Philistine giant of Gath slain by David’s sling
H1540 gâlâh BDB Definition:
to uncover, remove
to remove, depart
to go into exile or to carry away into exile,
to uncover oneself (nakedness)
to discover or show oneself
to reveal himself (of God)
to be disclosed, be discovered
Slayed by: David
H1732 dâvid / dâvı̂yd BDB Definition:
David = “beloved”
youngest son of Jesse and second king of Israel
Giant 2: Ishbibenob
“weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight,”
H3430 yishbô bėnôb BDB Definition:
Ishbi-benob = “his dwelling is in Nob”
1) son of Rapha, one of the nation of Philistine giants who attacked David in battle and was slain by Abishai
H3427 yâshab BDB Definition:
to dwell, remain, sit, abide
to sit, sit down
to be set
stay, have one’s abode
to be inhabited
to cause (cities) to be inhabited
to marry (give an dwelling to)
H5011 nôb BDB Definition:
Nob = “high place”
a priestly city in the Benjamin situated on some eminence north but near Jerusalem
H5108 nôb BDB Definition:
Slayed by: Abishai the son of Zeruiah
H52 'ăbı̂yshay / 'abshay BDB Definition:
Abishai = “my father is Jesse” or “my father is a gift”
grandson of Jesse, nephew of David via his sister Zeruiah, brother of Joab
H1 'âb BDB Definition:
father of an individual
of God as father of his people
head or founder of a household, group, family, or clan
grandfather, forefathers - of person
originator or patron of a class, profession, or art
of producer, generator (figuratively)
of benevolence and protection (figuratively)
term of respect and honour
ruler or chief (specifically)
Giant 3: Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.
H5593 saph BDB Definition:
Saph = “tall”
one of the sons of the Philistine giant slain by Sibbechai the Hushathite
at Gob: Slain by Sibbechai the Hushathite
Slayed by and location:
H1359 gôb BDB Definition:
At Gob = “cistern”
a place which was the scene of two encounters between David’s warriors and the Philistines (also ‘Gezer’)
H5444 sibbekay BDB Definition:
Sibbecai or Sibbechai = “weaver”
one of David’s guard and 8th captain for the 8th month of 24,000 men of the king’s army; a Judaite, descendant of Zerah and called the ‘Hushathite’
H2843 chûshâthı̂y BDB Definition:
Hushathite = “inhabitant of Hushah”
an inhabitant of Hushah or a descendant of Hushah; the designation given to two of David’s mighty warriors
Giant 4: The Brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
H1663 gittı̂y BDB Definition:
Gittite = “belonging to Gath”
an inhabitant of Gath
Slayed by: Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew
H445 'elchânân BDB Definition:
Elhanan = “God has been gracious”
Jair’s son who fought the Gittites
Dodo’s son who was a chief of David
H3296 ya‛ărêy 'ôregı̂ym BDB Definition:
Jaare-oregim = “forests of weaver”
a man of Bethlehem, father of Elhanan the giant slayer and one of David’s mighty warriors; also called ‘Jair’
H3293 ya‛ar, yah'-ar
From an unused root probably meaning to thicken with verdure (Lush green vegetation) ; a copse of bushes; hence a forest; hence honey in the comb (as hived in trees): - [honey-] comb, forest, wood.
Giant 5: At Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number;
And when he defied Israel,
H1661 gath BDB Definition:
Gath = “winepress”
one of the five royal or chief cities of the Philistines and the native city of Goliath
Slayed by: Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him.
H3083 yehônâthân BDB Definition:
Jonathan or Jehonathan = “Jehovah has given”
H8092 shim‛â' BDB Definition:
Shimea = “fame”
H8093 shim‛âh, shim-aw'
Feminine of H8088; annunciation; Shimah, an Israelite: - Shimeah.
To summarize the identifications of the giants we need to slay:
Giant #1: Exposure.
Demonic Splendour that seeks to uncover your nakedness and take you to exile – Goliath.
Strategy #1: Love.
Understand you are God’s beloved, you overcome him by accepting God’s beloved Son and by becoming part of God’s beloved Church where you are well accepted in the Beloved.
John 3:16; Eph. 1:6
Giant # 2: High thing.
Demon that sits in a high place in your home.
Strategy # 2: Fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord, respect of the Father will slay this giant.
Giant # 3: Pride
The tall pride of Lucifer that raises up itself against the knowledge of Christ within.
Strategy # 3: Teachable Spirit
Mending our cistern, renewing our minds, to retain water of the Word, weaving God’s truth into our lives, line upon line, precept upon precept – teaching doctrine.
Giant # 4: Traditions and family pressure
Demonic influence through ungodly family or friends that corrupt morals and break down your resolve to do God’s will. Mark 3:31-35
Strategy # 4: Grace and Fruitfulness
The grace of God will cause fruitfulness of a forest of trees that are with you instead of blood relatives that claim ownership of your loyalties regardless of their obedience to God.
Giant # 5: Pressure and Destruction
Winepress of man and circumstance. Pressure that seeks to destroy you.
Strategy # 5: Jehovah’s gift of fame and favour, announcing the Good News.
Jehovah will give you fame and your ability to announce the Gospel – preaching will overcome all pressures from all angles. The very pressure of the winepress produces God’s vintage in you and suffering and persecution will always bring the best out of God’s people. We see this in the book of Acts when Saul persecutes the church and the believers are dispersed throughout the known world preaching everywhere. Apostolic T’s – tests, trials, tribulations, temptation and troubles.
Psa 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
Psa 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psa 34:9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.
Psa 34:10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
Psa 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Psa 34:12 Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?
Psa 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
Psa 34:14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
Psa 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.
Psa 34:16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
Psa 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psa 34:18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Psa 34:20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
Psa 34:21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
Psa 34:22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
Remember it took a team to slay the rest of the giants although it began with a David! In the context of a church, our Champion is Jesus and we see how He does it. We then do likewise and finish the job.
Pray a simple prayer of repentance in any of the categories and ask for God’s power and divine strategy to be released into your situation now:
1. Lord forgive me of any secret sin and fill me with your love that covers a multitude of sin.
2. Father will me with the fear of the Lord and I cast down every high thing in my life that is not of you.
3. Forgive my stubbornness and pride and make me teachable and meek to receive the instruction of the Word.
4. Father help me to see my true family are those who do your will and forgive me for bowing to traditions of men. Reveal your will for my life so I can overcome the useless opinions of those who seek my downfall.
5. Father I embrace the apostolic T’s your bring into my life knowing that as I go through pressure your life juice is being squeezed out of me to nourish the nations with life! Give me a new perspective on the pressures of this life and let me see a challenge as a dream to be fulfilled!
See the giants fall and finish the war!
Thank You Jesus! Glory and honour to you in the highest. The battle is the Lord’s. Victory!