Killed with His Own Sword


When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. I Samuel 17:48-54 ESV

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. II Corinthians 5:14-15, 21 ESV


The great detective Sherlock Holmes once took on a case where a young woman named Helen was afraid of her stepfather. She was afraid that he was trying to kill her. About two years earlier her sister had died right before she was to be married, and now Helen was about to be married. Strange things were happening at the house where she lived with her stepfather, and he had made her move into the bedroom that had belonged to her sister. Sherlock Holmes and his friend Watson spent the night in the room instead of Helen without her stepfather knowing it. During the night a poisonous snake came slithering down the cord that was used to ring the bell. Sherlock Holmes hit the snake with a stick, and it slithered back up the cord and back to Helen’s stepfather’s room. The snake was angry about being hit, and it bit the stepfather and killed him. The weapon Helen’s stepfather planned to use to kill her was the weapon that killed him instead.

This is only a story, but a similar thing happened for David. The Philistine giant Goliath came charging toward him with a sword to kill him, but David knocked him out by hitting him in the forehead with a stone he shot with a sling. David didn’t have a sword of his own, so he used Goliath’s sword to cut off his head. Goliath was killed with his own weapon, the same weapon he wanted to use to kill David.

We were also under a terrible threat. Sin and death had us in their power, and we couldn’t save ourselves from these terrible things. But Jesus came and used these same weapons that were meant to hurt us to defeat all the forces of evil. The Bible says that he became sin for us. This doesn’t mean that he was a sinner, but it means that he took all the punishment and guilt of our sin on himself, and in that way he defeated sin for us. We were under the power of death, but Jesus died for us. When Jesus died, he defeated death, and he proved it by rising again from the dead. Jesus used the worst weapons of evil to win the victory over evil for us, and because of that we have forgiveness and life with him now and always.


Dear Jesus, thank you for saving us from sin and death by using them to win the victory over them. Amen.


Doyle, Arthur Conan “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” Strand Magazine, February 1892