DATELINE: MIDDLE EAST. A certain archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert in Israel and came upon a sarcophagus containing a mummy. After examining it, he called the curator of a prestigious natural-history museum.
"I've just discovered the 3,000-year-old mummy of a man who died of heart failure!" the excited archaeologist exclaimed.
The curator replied, "Bring him in. We'll check it out."
A week later, the amazed curator called the archaeologist. "You were right about the mummy's age and cause of death. How in the world did you know?" he asked.
The archaeologist replied, "Easy. There was a piece of paper in his hand that read, '10,000 shekels on Goliath.'"
All jokes aside, I myself am not a betting man. I have never placed a bet, been to a horse or dog race track, or even bought a lottery ticket. In truth, what little resource I have accumulated has been fairly hard earned; and as a result, I do not cherish the idea of losing it to any game of chance.
But if I were a betting man, and if I had lived in the days of Goliath, and if I had been present on the day when he went up against a little lad named David on the battlefield on the border between the lands of the Philistines and the Israelites, you can rest assured that I would have never bet against a righteous young man standing on the authority of Almighty God, no matter how out-matched he might have appeared to been!
For you see, my friends, God’s enemies will always taunt God’s people. But whenever God’s people trust in God’s power, then God’s power will always triumph over God’s enemies. And having that assurance is better than having a whole pocket full of cash! You can bank on that!
SOURCE: This humorous piece is available widely on the internet. My immediate source is an unreferenced paper clipping from one of my sermon illustrations files.