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In your opinion; why did God choose David who was a shepherd boy to battle with Goliath?

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In your opinion; why did God choose David who was a shepherd boy to battle with Goliath?

 

I assume that is a rhetorical question because: a. we don't know if there is a God, b. we don't know if there was ever a David, and c. we don't know if there was ever a Goliath.

 

But, let's get beyond that and make an assumption that all of the above are a given. Then, what do we know?

1. Goliath was a Philistine. Philistines were displaced persons of Hellenic descent who fled the Santorini volcano natural disaster to land in the eastern Mediterranean which is today covered by the Gaza Strip and parts of coastal Israel. The Philistines and the Jews, who were also, theoretically a displace people seeking a homeland each wanted the same land. So naturally there would be a clash

2. For David, I think it could be said that he was more than a shepard boy by virtue of his geneology. He simply was in the line of the begats at the right time. Here are the begats:

Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; / And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; / And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; / And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; / And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; / And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; / And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; / And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; / And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; / And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: / And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; / And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; / And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; / And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; / And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.”

3. So, it was fate for him to become King of the Hebrews. And to complete the allegory you have to say that it is simply the fulfillment of the phrase "the meek shall inherit the earth". So, that is your answer: genetics, fate, and fullfillment.

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