Giants Still Fall
It's a warm, dusty evening. The sun is about to say
good night, as it lays its head on a pillow of clouds that are nestled in the
hills of Israel. A kind, elderly gentleman is seated in a rocking chair on the
front porch of a palatial cedar estate just outside Jerusalem. Gathered around
him is a sea of little children. Their mouths are open. Their eyes are focused
on the aged statesman, as he recounts for them tales of his war exploits,
colorful stories of days gone by.
Finally, little Aaron holds up his hand. "Yes,
my child," the old man kindly responds. "Tell us again, King David, about
the time when you were a young man, and you killed the giant, Goliath. Tell us
what it was like to be young and kill giants, King David, tell us again."
The king's eyes twinkled a bit, as he looked down
at the lad and with a note of intensity he answered this way: "I'll tell
you about Goliath if you like, my child, and what it was like to kill giants in
days gone by. But you know what? My giant slaying days aren't over!"
With that, a quiet ripple passed through the crowd,
as the children looked at one another in puzzled amazement, not sure exactly
what to think. They might have chuckled had they not been so filled with
respect for the old warrior.
David spoke again: "I may be old," he
said, "and I may be weak... but ah, my child, When my God speaks... THE
GIANTS STILL FALL!" "You never get too old to slay a giant, my
child," David went on, "no matter how old you get; When GOD IS
ON THE THRONE The Giants STILL FALL!"
This study is proof of that, and it's the truth of
that which serves as the basis for a study of some principles I believe all of
the Christian community needs to remember, particularly those of us who may be
tempted to fold up our tents, lay down our weapons, and take an early
retirement from the battle.
As we concluded our last lesson, we saw the curtain
descend on David's most unnecessary conflict of all. It was a childish skirmish
that developed just as he was returning for his long anticipated homecoming. He
was coming back to occupy once again the throne he had evacuated so hurriedly
when his errant son, Absalom, had chased him from the palace.
Now Absalom was dead, and the king had returned. But his impending
moment of triumph had turned into a nightmare of hostility, as the men of Judah
and the men of Israel became so entrenched in an argument over who had the
right to escort the king, that his moment of greatness degenerated into a
At this point, a wild-eyed antagonist named Sheba
became the self-appointed leader of the rebel army. It was only after Sheba's
head had been separated from his shoulders that peace returned, and David truly
returned as king.
Now as the house lights dim, and Act 21 of II
Samuel opens, we see what appears to be a three part epilogue of David's Days
as king. Three major incidents are recorded, each with both short term
significance and long term application. It is to those three incidents that we
address ourselves in this lesson.
And we may as well address ourselves at the outset
to the issue of whether or not the events of chapter 21 do in fact chronologically
follow the events of chapter 20. There are some Bible commentators who place
these incidents earlier in David's life and see them only referred to here as a
postscript, as added incidental tacked on to the colorful life of our Living
Legend (almost as afterthoughts). They list numerous arguments to substantiate
their claims, but in all honesty, the preponderance of evidence seems to point
to the fact that this chapter is just where it belongs, indicating that these
events did indeed take place chronologically at the end of David's days. So
many of the Bible scholars who seem to be so consistently conservative in their
thinking take that position, including in their arguments the use of the word
"then" at the opening of verse one, indicating that these events in
fact took place just after the events of chapter 20; that is, after the
murder of Amasa, the murder of Sheba, and the reuniting of the warring factions
under David's rule.
For the sake of our study, then, we will accept
that interpretation and assume that these are, in effect, incidents etched in
the scrolls of David's final days.
1 Then there was a famine in the days of David
three years, year after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD
answered, "It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the
2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto
them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the
remnant of the Amorites, and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and
Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah,)
3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites,
"What shall I do for you?" And wherewith shall I make atonement, that
ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?"
4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, "We will
have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou
kill any man in Israel." And he said, "What ye shall say, that will I
do for you."
5 And they answered the king, "The man that
consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from
remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,
6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us,
and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did
choose." And the king said, "I will give them."
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of
Jonathan, the grandson of Saul, because of the LORD's oath that was between
them, between David and Jonathan, the son of Saul.
8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah, the
daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the
five sons of Michal, the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel, the
son of Barzillai, the Meholathite:
9 And he delivered them into the hands of the
Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all
seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first
days, in the beginning of barley harvest.
I - The Peril of Unfinished Business
The passage, as we stated earlier, begins with the
word then, apparently tying in these unusual events in the time frame of
David's life with the murder of Sheba, the subsequent return of Joab and the
restoration of David's dynasty. What happened "then" is explained
next. It is this: There was a famine in the days of David.
In other words, in the days when David was again
on the throne, and yet in the days when David was still on the throne,
the latter chapter of David's reign, something happened.
What took place was one of thirteen famines
mentioned in Scripture; one of thirteen times we read of God using the supply
and demand system of economics to graphically capture the attention of His
people, so He could, once they were hungry enough, teach them about heavenly
food. Unfortunately, empty stomachs, thin pocketbooks, and bare cupboards are
often God's most effective backdrops for communicating the concepts of
repentance and dependence.
David knew this, and yet David, like us, allowed
three successive years to grind slowly past before he did what God's man is
supposed to do when the physical signs indicate spiritual problems.
Verse one tells us what he did. He went to
inquire of the LORD. He prayed about it. He prayed intensely about it. He
prayed specifically about it. That's important. And once he did, God
answered him... specifically, as well. I say important, because God did
nothing until David asked. He just let the heavens dry up and the crops
burn up. He waited.
His principles have always been:
You begin the process of asking; only THEN do you
You begin the process of seeking; only THEN do you
You begin the process of knocking; only THEN will
the door be opened.
In other words, our initiating frees God to release
His provision. Our silence, on the other hand, indicates to God a spirit of
presumption. And though God desires to meet our needs, our failure to
ask places a barrier between us and His power; and between us and His answers.
Finally, David asked. Then God answered!
His answer posed a whole new set of problems for
David. The Lord answered, "Here is why you are in the midst of a drought.
It is because of what Saul did to the Gibeonites in absolute violation of My
Word. (Exactly what Saul had done was not recorded in Scripture.)
Therefore, we don't need to know exactly what Saul had done. Everything
we need to know is written in the Record... everything.
What we do know is that in the days of
Joshua, according to Joshua 9, the children of Israel made a covenant to protect
the Gibeonites, and trigger-happy Saul at some stage of his reign had violated
that agreement, so an unsettled offense remained. It is now up to David, Saul's
successor, to do something about that offense as he cleans up the loose ends
and prepares to leave one kingdom for a far greater one.
Several principles immediately surface:
1 - David inherited the problems of his
predecessor. While he was not responsible for causing them, he was
accountable for correcting them. You do not assume a position of leadership
in the kingdom and take the accolades of the office without accepting the
legacy of unfinished business that goes with it. Saul's offenses were still
David's to deal with because they were, in essence, offenses against the
reputation of God.
2 - Though years had passed since this infraction
occurred, God's timetable still demanded that the issue be settled. The
books still had to be balanced. Time does not erase the effects of a
transgression. If you have knowingly wronged someone, the fact that years may
have passed without any apparent consequences does not mean that
restitution is not still in order. Before David could pass the mantle of
national authority over to his son, the issue of this offense had to be
3 - David's task now was to meet the Gibeonites
on their terms. David was to trust in the sovereignty of His God, who holds
the hearts of all men in His hands. He had to rest in the fact that God would
see that their demands were commensurate with the crime. Two thoughts surface.
a) Only the one wronged can really know the depth
of the offense, and what it will take to heal his hurts.
b) The one seeking reconciliation must then become
vulnerable, knowing that a sovereign God makes no mistakes.
4 - The Gibeonites were foreigners. They were
not Jews. How much more important it seems to be that no offense remain,
for as we see in the passage, to them it was God who was responsible; for in
verse 6 they said, "We will hand them up to the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom
the Lord did choose." They wanted atonement before the God of Israel
whom they considered accountable for putting Saul in office. That
offense that is unattended to in YOUR life, therefore, is not only not
excusable because it is an unbeliever you offended, it is even more
vital that it be made right for the unbelieving world, knowing you are
God's, holds HIM accountable for YOUR offense.
5 - Notice that the payment was complete.
They wanted seven of Saul's sons. Seven is the perfect number in Scripture.
Notice also, that once the issue was settled, the issue was settled. It could
never again be resurrected, as far as God was concerned. David humbled himself,
and though the offense was not his, he let those offended state the level of
restitution required, and he met those requirements, protecting in the process
the higher law of his vow to Mephibosheth. It was finished. The price had been
paid. Never again could that issue be brought up again before the
throne of God. Never.
No matter in the kingdom is of greater importance
to God than the matter of unfinished business. Though years had passed, and the
offender was dead, still those offended had a right to restitution at the hands
of God's people. Who did it was not the issue. Someone was offended.
That was the issue. God demanded that the books be balanced. We won't belabor
the point; but the point is, that if there is someone that you know who is
offended either because of you or because of one for whom you stand it is
your responsibility to see that the wrong is righted. Not necessarily because
they deserve it, but rather because the reputation of God is at stake.
The peril of unfinished business. It was a memorandum that had stayed on
David's desk too long. Before he could write across the story of his life,
"complete", this had to be settled. You and I know just as well as we
know our own names, what God might be saying to us through this story. We are
simply accountable to be not only hearers of the Word, but doers also.
So be it.
II - Putting the Past to Rest at Last
Having dealt with the unfinished business at hand,
David now buries the issue of Saul and Jonathan once and for all. We continue
10 And Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth,
and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water
dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to
rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
11 And it was told David what Rizpah, the daughter
of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.
12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and
the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-Gilead, which had stolen
them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when
the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:
13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul
and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that
14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son
buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his
father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And AFTER THAT God was
entreated for the land.
Don't ever forget, it is God who holds in His
hands the channels of wind from which the storms flow. It is God who holds
in His hand the measures by which the rains pour; He can water the lands in
abundance and cause the crops to flourish. He can allow the thunder of His
voice to announce from the Heavens a deluge that the earth cannot tolerate, and
floods prevail. Or He can quietly shut the valve altogether and the
rains cease. Suddenly, when he does, He has the attention of man. It is not to see
us suffer that He withholds the rain or any good thing. It is
because there are more important things that man is overlooking. It is
God who whispers, and it snows. It is God who touches His eyes, and it rains.
It is God who adjusts the thermostat on the sun and the crops are scorched and
parched and helpless. God it is. And it is God who, through His control of the
elements, wants to speak to the hearts of men.
So God had caused the rain to cease. Now the issue
was settled, and He was ready to pour out the mercy of the raindrops upon the
fields of men once more. But one more thing had to happen. According to verse
14, only when the reburial of Saul and Jonathan was completed and the
issue of Saul's reign was put to rest at last, were the heavens ready to pour
out fresh blessings upon the children of God.
And what an act of love it was on Rizpah's part
that called on David's attention what it was he needed to do. From the day of
execution of the seven, two of whom belonged to Rizpah, she stood guard
over the bodies with sackcloth withstanding the intense heat by day and the
cold by night. For five months she waited. So moved was David by her act
of devotion, that he went to the place of Jabesh-Gilead where the bodies of
Saul and Jonathan were, and he took their bones, and the bones of the seven,
and he returned them to the country of Benjamin, and placed them in the
sepulchre of Kish, where they belonged. Now the issue was settled. Saul
and those of his sons who died because of his infractions were laid to rest. Now
the rains began to fall.
The truth is singular but vital. Once you have
done what can be done to right a wrong, you bury the issue and you press on.
No one but you can determine when that has been
done. But the problem we see so often in the lives of those whose lives are
unnecessarily infested with false guilt, is that once the issue has been
settled to the best of their ability Satan sells them a guilt trip, and
they live in the shadow of that transgression forever. Before you can finish
what God has given you to do with your life, you must bury the dead once and
for all. You must do immediately what you can to make wrongs right, and
then you must immediately have a burial service and consider that issue
finished. Then when Satan tries to resurrect that corpse, you can point to the
cross and say, ̉No Satan. It is finished".
Some of you may need to have a funeral service this
afternoon. You may need to go home and write out those things that Satan is
still dragging out of his closet and parading before your subconscious and
formally pronounce them dead and buried. God has forgotten. God has forgiven.
So must you. You must forgive yourself, and by God's grace, you MUST NOT allow
it to haunt you again. Make up a death certificate and put it somewhere where
you can find it. Then when the enemy tries to rob the grave of what God has
buried, wave that certificate in Satan's face and remind him it is a dead
issue. A dead issue indeed.
III - No Need to Retire: The Giants Still Fall
One more incident, or shall I say series of
incidents is left to be recorded in David's Book of Remembrance; and it is that
part of the story that precipitated the opening remarks in today's lesson. The
record is clearly found in the remainder of chapter 21.
15 Moreover, the Philistines had yet war again with
Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the
Philistines: and David waxed faint.
16 And Ishbibenob, which was the son of the giant,
the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he
being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
17 But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah succored him,
and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him,
saying, "Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not
the light of Israel."
18 And it came to pass after this, that there was
again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew
Saph, which was of the sons of the giant,
19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the
Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jareroregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the
brother of Goliath, the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's
20 And there was yet a battle in 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 he was also born to the giant.
21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan, the son of
Shimeah, the brother of David, slew him.
22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and
fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
The rays of the sunset of David's life flitted
across the horizon in every direction. He was on his way home. Beyond the stage
where the physical battles could still be fought in the physical realm, he had
to even retire from the battle, once actually thought to be dead. His body was
old, and his stamina was gone. But still the giants were falling. Verse
These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell
by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
Surely, he did not physically demolish each one as
he had Goliath. That was God's means and God's method for an earlier chapter in
his life. But God still credited these victories to David's account. God had
developed his life, and developed his ministry, and developed his servants, and
now under David's direction, using nothing but God's marvelous power, the
giants still fell.
In verse 17, after David waxed faint in the battle,
David's men insisted that he keep his distance from the front lines, "that
thou quench not the light of Israel." David was needed more now in the
tower that overlooked the battle than he was on the battlefield itself. But it
was still through David that God chose to slay these four incredible hulks.
These men were gross misfits in the drama of life.
They were Satan's mistakes. They were a perfect example of what he will produce
with all of his emphasis on physical strength and physical power. The first
giant, Ishbibenob, had a spear that weighed nearly 12 pounds. He was a mammoth
man. Abishai took care of him. The legacy of David's God and Satan's Goliath
had no doubt been engraved in Abishai's heart for years. He knew that if God
could use David to kill a Goliath, that the same God could use one of David's
own to take care of one of Goliath's offspring. So the example of one man who
had been totally under God's control as a youth, still served as an example to
an army of God's men faced with giants, the likes of which you and I cannot
even fathom. The last one, killed by David's nephew, was a huge monster who had
twelve fingers and twelve toes. That didn't bother God. He could have had fifty
fingers and four hundred toes. When God is on the throne, the
Now I would like to address the remainder of this
lesson primarily to those of us we like to call the "over the hill
gang", though the principles involved apply to every one who has walked
with the LORD for any time at all.
There is a danger in the Christian community today
that has come as a result of the changes in society itself. Man once looked to
those who had walked the walk and lived the life as sources of wisdom in
government, in the classroom, and in the church. Age carried with it the
essence of wisdom. The badge of maturity entitled a man or woman to serve with
dignity in the latter years of their lives; not always in the same capacity,
but with an even greater level of spiritual authority than ever before. So it
was in the Scriptures, and so it was in the modern world for centuries.
But the recent technological age that has descended
upon us with computer like speed has nullified to a large degree the knowledge
of those who lived in days gone by. The successful businessman of forty years
ago couldn't even recognize the cash register, let alone the inventory control
in his store today. The successful teacher, or craftsman, or farmer of one or
two generations ago would walk into a world inhabited by diodes and CRTs and
bits and bytes and modems and robots he would have thought belonged in a Buck
Rogers' comic strip. So today's youth has come to patronize their
grandparents, and tolerate their experiences, but usually with a
condescending chuckle or a sympathetic grin. Society is putting its choicest
products on the shelf and marking them as unusable, and wondering why the
technological advances are being accompanied by moral and spiritual
degeneration unparalleled in history.
The church is no different. In an effort to remain
contemporary, the Body of Christ is, in many cases, putting out to pasture
those who know the Book for what it is. Those who have walked the walk, lived
the life, and survived the battles are given spiritual rocking chairs and an
occasional pat on the head. This is in absolute violation of the principles of
both the Old Testament and the New which demanded that the young learn from the
old, from their parents and their grandparents as well. Grandpa may not know
how to boot up software on that new IBM PC, but oh, my child, can he tell you a
thing or two about walking with Christ through the shadows. And when the
shadows come, your new technology will have no answers. Only the man or woman
who has walked with God through the storms, knows that God is our refuge and
strength, a tested help in times of trouble.
I want to have a word with my contemporaries and
those who are even a generation older than I. (Believe it or not, there are
some older than I and I need to learn from them.) That word is this: Dear
saint of God who has walked the walk, don't fold up your tent and retire... THE
GIANTS STILL FALL!
The danger David faced and the danger we face is
that we believe the devil's lie, that because we are too tired or because we
are too weak to face the enemy with the same youthful exuberance we once
possessed, the giants no longer fall. In our season of self-pity,
encouraged by an age that has relegated us to premature senility, we may have
overlooked the truth behind the truth. It's this: We never were giant
slayers. We simply know a God who only had to speak, and giants fell.
We had no might in those battles. Like David, we
came in the name of the LORD, and down went the giants before us. Like
Jehosophat we cried, "We have no might against this foe, neither know we
what to do, but our eyes are on thee." If ever we saw giants fall, it was
in our weakness, as we recognized HIS strength. Don't you see, then, the
weaker we get in the flesh, the greater our capacity to see the enemy fall? Yet
Satan sells us a series of lies, and we forget... Our God is the giant
slayer. The older we get, the more aware we ought to be of our
inadequacies, thus the more valuable we ought to be in the kingdom.
Believers often DO face a spiritual "mid-life
or late-life" crisis. Having taken off like a rocket and soared like an
eagle, we sometimes reach a stage where the body tires and the emotions wane,
and one of five enemies steal into our spirits unawares and rob us of our
Those five enemies are these:
1- Spiritual pride is the fist of those
enemies. Living off the aroma of past victories, we sit around and tell war
stories of how God used us in days gone by, and worn out testimonies replace
up to the minute news bulletins of the minute by minute workings of an eternal
God. David didn't retire to the porch to embellish his stories and relish
the glories of days gone by. He stayed on the battlefield till they sent him
2- Disillusionment is the second enemy that
robs us of our later ministries. Perhaps we got too close to people, or too
close to the inner workings of the church, and we looked at the weaknesses of
men instead of the power of God and we lost our way. Or we got our feelings
hurt, and so we threw down our swords and walked off the battle field. Bad
3- The lure of worldly success is the third
enemy. The pressures of the world, the deceitful promises riches make, the lust
of other things, Mark says, crowd in, and the overwhelming fire that burned in
our spirit for God is extinguished drop by drop until we have, like poor
soldiers, become entangled in the affairs of this life, in spite of the
4- Late-life laziness is the fourth foe.
David succumbed to this momentarily in his career, and it almost wrecked him.
He took an early retirement, and it nearly cost him his crown. It DID cost him
some eternal crowns, to be sure. The Scripture says, "even the young men
faint and are weary, and the young men will utterly fall," but they
that wait upon the Lord have no need to take an early retirement. They
still can soar on Eagle's wings... because the strength of their life never
faints, neither is HE weary.
5- Battle Fatigue is the last enemy and one
of the slyest. It creeps into the lives of those who have fought the good fight
and kept the faith, and are tired. But they forget one thing. They haven't
finished the course. They become weary in well doing. God said that's
not your prerogative.
The strength of the army of God today rests
largely, I believe, in the Corps of Commanders that the church has quietly
moved into early retirement. And in closing, I want to speak both to those who
are in charge of ministries who may have relegated the senior saints to the
back porch, and to those of us who might be tempted to cooperate by packing up
our Bibles and our spiritual gifts and stealing away to a late-life resort out
of the range of the bullets, beyond the sound of the cannon fire of spiritual
God doesn't issue early retirements. You don't ever retire in the Christian life,
you graduate! You are intended to graduate with honors into Glory. In fact,
the greatest giant you will ever face, the towering monster called death, will
be slain before your very eyes on the day that all your strength is gone.
So don't you listen to the enemy's lies. You still
have a ministry out there waiting to be completed. You still have the quiet arm
of discipleship to wrap around the shoulders of those who follow in your
footsteps. You still have the gentle voice of counsel to light the path ahead
of those who, without your guiding hand, would suffer countless falls they need
not take before they learn to walk the walk alone. Yours is still the
consistent voice of experience that knows what principles must be applied. Yours
is still the steadying hand when the church in an emotional upheaval needs the
leveling love of one who knows how to weather the storms. You may not still
charge onto the battlefield with sword in hand, crowds cheering in the
background, but ah, dear saint, in the background yours is still the
heartbeat of the church.
The Giants Still Fall, Beloved. The giants still fall. And so if you have taken an
early retirement from the battle, and either out of spiritual pride, or
disillusionment, or worldliness, or laziness, or battle fatigue, you have laid
aside your armor, it's time you took a look at the Living Legend of David.
Even as the faint rumblings of death lingered in the background and cast their
shadows on the horizon of David's life, he refused to live on the memories
of days gone by. Goliath was history. There were still giants to slay; in a
different way, perhaps, but they were still his to slay so long as he had
breath to breathe.
So David didn't give up. He learned, much to his
delight, that God never intended him to. For no matter the season of life in
which he lived, still the giants would fall.
Oh, God, may we, like David, never, ever forget
that incredible truth. From this moment forward, may it be forever engraved on
our hearts, that until the very hour He calls us home, we are called to stay in
the battle, praising Him without ceasing, that to the very end of life,
The Giants Still Fall!
The giants still fall, beloved,
The giants will always fall
My God has not retired me
Nor nullified my call
The body may be weaker
The strength may well have waned
But as the flesh has lost its power
Praise God, His power remained
And so the weaker I may be
The less that I can do
The more the LORD seems prone to shout
"Now I can work through you."
And so, as sunsets dominate
The songs life sings to me
May I not yet succumb to those
Who have not eyes to see
That God has not retired me
Nor from the conflict freed
But rather He has given me
New orders yet to heed
And He has through His precious Word
Yet issued forth this call...
My son, the battle has not ceased
There are still giants to fall.
I'll tell you when it's over
Till then, pick up your sword
There are still countless giants to slay
Just stand before the Lord
And let Him slay them one by one
Till every battle's past
And till that final giant of death
Is swallowed at last
Then with a song of triumph
That shakes the gates of hell
He'll shout "My soldier stood his ground
Until the last giant fell."