Goliath was not the only giant that David faced and I have already mentioned the armour bearer. He faced 6 enemies. Second Samuel 21:15–22 and 1 Chronicles 20:4–8 tell us that there were four other unusually tall warriors among the Philistines. They were Saph (also called Sippai), Lahmi, Ishbibenob, and an unnamed warrior. They are described in similar terms to Goliath , being described as great in stature. The immense dimensions of their weaponry are also listed.
The unnamed giant is said to have six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. This malformation, known as polydactylism, is only mentioned in the description of this giant, but I would not be surprised to find out that they were all like that.
The number six in scripture speaks about man’s world and sin. It is about man’s enmity to God, so is the number of imperfection; the human number; the number of man as destitute of God, without God and without Christ.
Man was created on the sixth day and six days were appointed to him for his labor; while one day is associated in sovereignty with the Lord God, as His rest. Our labouring is to enter that rest.
Six is therefore also the number of labor as apart and distinct from God’s rest.
The Sixth Commandment relates to one of the worst sins—murder.
If those giants had 6 fingers and 6 toes, it aptly describes that their whole walk in life and everything they did was sin oriented. Their armor was brass that is also a symbol of sin and we know from the biblical account that Goliath was covered with it, from his head to his feet. His thought life and everything he did was therefore sin oriented, pure and simple.
The serpent was created on the sixth day and this creature was used by the devil to bring about the fall.
We could thus say that David’s battle was against sin—manifested in, through and by those giants. The question comes to mind therefore as to what each one of those giants represented. Are they evil spirit beings? I think so.
Giants like the Anakim were mentioned earlier. The Israelites also encountered tall people known as Emim in Deuteronomy 2:10–11 and the Zamzummim, also called the Zuzim in Deuteronomy 2:20. The Amorites, also mentioned previously also confronted God’s people.
The last group, also mentioned beforehand were the Rephaim and Goliath came from this group. He and the four giant warriors listed alongside him are descended from Rapha in Gath (see 2 Samuel 21:22 and 1 Chronicles 20:8).
If rapha is interpreted as a proper name Rapha, then the four warriors were all brothers of Goliath. The biblical text does not actually say this, as only one of these men, Lahmi, is specifically said to be the brother of Goliath. We could thus equate the term giants with Rephaim. Some of the Rephaim giants survived the wars of Moses and Joshua, and their descendants settled in the Philistine city of Gath. The other warriors who accompanied Goliath may not have been brothers, but they were all part of an enduring and unusual lineage that continually challenged Israel for their land and opposed their God.
Many of those tribes and clans that all have the “ites” (I like to think of them as parasites)at the end of their names that you may have seen and not realized any significance, can be associate with certain kind of demonic activities or spirits. Genesis 10:16-18 lists the Jebusite, the Amorite, the Girgasite, the Hivite, the Arkite, the Sinite, the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. They have certain specific traits and characteristics that can affect us today. Jezebel is also one and this spirit is active in certain areas of the church.
If we put these things into present day context, they represent sin in its various manifestations and especially those that have not been dealt with, that will continually try to rise up against us with the purpose of preventing us from taking hold of our inheritance. At this point, we would do well to briefly touch on some aspects in a brief overview.
Whatever God promised you is yours, but that does not necessarily mean that you will have it. You have every right to it, but taking possession of your inheritance is not an automatic process. The Promised Land had to be taken, because there was someone there who did not want God’s people to have it. You too have to take what’s your’s.
With every achievement, there’s a challenge. Sometimes it is taken progressively as seen in Exodus 23:29-33. Please read this.
With every victory there’s a battle, but we have real help. Jesus has already won the battle that counts most.
When Moses sent the spies into the land, only Joshua and Caleb believed what God said and they were the only ones to eventually enter in. They all saw the same land and they all saw the same giants in the land, but ten of the spies came back with an evil report.
What is an evil report? It is a fear filled and faithless report that is basically telling God that He is a liar. God says we can do it and we tell Him we can’t. The doctor says you have such an such a condition that is real with all the symptoms and an evil report disregards the scriptures pertaining to healing. Philippians 4 says-
My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
We start worrying about money and I think we could be telling God He lied. All these can be giants.
Sure the land has giants, but we need to know and act on the basis that with God we can defeat any problem.
Once the Israelites entered the Land, their battles had really just begun. Once we’ve come to Christ, our battles have really just begun. Far from being the end of challenges and struggles, it marks the beginning of new ones, but the difference is that we have God on our side and if God be for us, who can be against us?
The Israelites (and others) had a simple approach to names and places and called people by an obvious trait. Even though a people in a city may have had different family names, their city was named after their reputation. For example, if it was a big city, its name might simply be Big City. If all the people in one city had a reputation for horsemanship, the city might be called Horse City. The nations that Israel had to defeat to subdue the Promised Land bore significant names and they are all members of that “ite family” I mentioned, each having their own particular characteristics, that have to be handled according to their individual characteristic. According to that passage in Exodus they had to do it in progressive stages and not all at once. So do we.
The name Canaanite for example means merchants who humiliate. This spirit is very powerful and active today and the financial structure of the world system is influenced by this spirit. Canaanites are motivated by greed and the lust for material accumulation, including manipulation and control over finances.
The name for Hittites means terror. Hittites were giants who brought fear, confusion and discouragement. The believer today can be challenged by the enemy’s bombardment of fear, confusion and discouragement.
Hivites claimed to offer a good life by living their lifestyle. Many alternate philosophies and religions today offer to give their adherents “life”. The enemy loves to lure people into lifestyles claiming to be the answer to that person’s needs and desires. Lifestyles such as “swinging”, “if it feels good-do it”, “don’t worry what other people think”, “look out for number one” and “its about time you did something just for yourself” can all lure people away from the lifestyle that God requires of them. I suspect that the excesses of the “grace movement” may be influenced by this spirit.
The Perizzite spirit likes to get people to live in separatism, or in unwalled cities or villages. The aim is to separate us from each other and from God, thus leaving us exposed and vulnerable.
Something that I believe is often found in the church is the Girgashite spirit. Girgashites are earthy people who like to go back and revert to carnality. The aim is to cause backsliding. It does not happen quickly, but little by little, mostly by little compromises here and little compromises there. The implication for a believer is that he or she must do battle and control bad habits and slackness and the like. This spirit is rife in the church.
Amorites were people who were arrogant and boastful in their speech and always challenged authority and positive faith filled speech. Our main battle in this area is with our tongue.
The last Giant I will describe is the Jebusite. They were people who trod on others and polluted them. They major on power and defilement. There are two areas in which we can be defiled; sexually (Genesis 34:5) and religiously (Leviticus 18:30; 20:3 and Nehemiah 13:29). The Jebusite spirit seeks to destroy the believer in these two areas.
Obviously I have only but touched on some of these giants, but they are there and we have to adopt the same approach that David had. Goliath was the first. After slaying him, David was ready to go for all the others.