1 Samuel Charter 14

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1 Samuel 14

1Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.

2And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;

3And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD’s priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.

4And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines’ garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.

5The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.

6And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

7And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

8Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.

9If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.

10But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.

11And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.

12And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.

13And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.

14And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.

15And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.

16And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

17Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there.

18And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.

19And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.

20And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.

21Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.

22Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle.

23So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Bethaven.

24And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.

25And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.

26And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath.

27But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.

28Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint.

29Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.

30How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?

31And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

32And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood.

33Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye have transgressed: roll a great stone unto me this day.

34And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there.

35And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.

36And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God.

37And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day.

38And Saul said, Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.

39For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But there was not a man among all the people that answered him.

40Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.

41Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.

42And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.

43Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must die.

44And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan.

45And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.

46Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the Philistines went to their own place.

47So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them.

48And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.

49Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua: and the names of his two daughters were these; the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal:

50And the name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle.

51And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.

52And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.

44 thoughts on “1 Samuel Charter 14

  1. And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the Lord liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not. (1 Samuel 14:45 KJV)

    Ok so a brother or sister in the faith made a mistake and sinned. Sin = death. So just leave them there to get what they deserve. After all they choose to sin, right? WRONG!  It doesn’t end there because they still have hope through the church body. Is the church body going to rescue them?  Are we going to rescue them by speaking of the good they have done or are we going to tear them down by talking  bad about them at the dinner table? 

    Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21 KJV)

    But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36 KJV)

    Words
    written by Bryan Pound

    Verse 1

    Words, they can hurt or heal
    Cover or reveal, the choice is yours
    Make this world a better place
    For words can bring death or life
    Peace or strife
    We’re all responsible for what we say

     Chorus

    So don’t tear your brother down
    Or make your sister frown
    We’re all in God’s family
    Speak the words of life
    Speak the words of life into their soul

    Verse 2

    Words can be merciful or unkind
    True or full of lies, the choice is yours
    Make this world a better place
    For words can encourage or bring low
    Advise or fool the soul
    We’re all responsible for what we say
     
    Bridge

    What’s the first thing you do
    After you’ve heard the news
    That someone has fallen
    Do you drop to your knees, pray for mercy
    Or do you start talking
    How do you feel, does it build your esteem
    Knowing someone else bites the dust
    But You’re still standing
    What you’ve got to know
    Is that you reap what you sow
    The tides will turn, and soon you’ll learn

    You’ve gotta speak LIFE!

      • That’s beautiful the ministry of restoration. Don’t remember your bro.’s failure lest we ourselves will become failures.
        But thank GOD HE can minister to the needy, discouraged and keep in touch with them through a willing vessel.
        The LORD can restore them over night, and give them a new beginning .
        ” I will restore the years” Joel 2

  2. iLove to Eat the Word for Breakfast

    Saul’s Greatest Battle was from Within

    It seems to me that Saul is entertaining a spirit of religion. He seems to keep the name of God in his mouth and seems to look religious…but it doesn’t seem as if he is in the will of God.

    “Religious But Not Righteous”

    *Makes foolish oaths
    *He cares more about defeating his enemies than feeding and caring for the people.
    *Ready to pour out judgment
    *Cares more about image than relationship with God
    *Still has not learned his lesson about sacrifice.
    *WANTS TO BE A PRIEST, JUST TO APPEAR SPIRITUAL.

    PRIDE=BLINDNESS

    (Job 41:15) His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

    THE OTHER MAN SAUL from the Tribe of Benjamin

    (Acts 9:17) And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

    (Acts 9:18) And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been SCALES: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    (Job 41:15) His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

  3. Saul and his men tarried to go to battle for the Lord, but Jonathan got up and went to work. Jonathan understood that it doesn’t take a lot to win a victory, it only takes bringing yourself and all you have. Jonathan had faith that he and his armour bearer could defeat many of the enemy if they only followed God’s lead. We must follow as God leads and at any given time we might become the Jonathan to POFW, getting up and moving while others tarry, but our movement can stir them into action as well.

  4. Saul inquired of the Lord but didn’t get a reply. On the other hand, Jonathan did & God gave him victory over his enemies. What’s the difference between them, that Jonathan didn’t sit down to count how many men he had, he didn’t sit to wonder, he said the enemy is right there, I’m just going to approach & if God wants me to do it He will find the way. He put it all in His hands. Yes he sinned in his weakness, but God’s Grace was sufficient.

  5. Refference Points

    In the OT trees are often used as points of refference.(People who live in rural areas where the road signs are few and far between have a good understanding of this need, like us country folk.) In vs2, Saul and his men stay under a pomegranate tree. Deborah, the judge, held court under a palm tree (Jdg 4:5). Rebekah’s nurse is buried under an oak tree (Ge 12:6). Trees are also used as landmarks, to tell distance (Ge 19:33), and as gathering places (Jdg 9:6). Also trees are a sign of prosperity. During Solomon’s reign every person in Judah and Israel lives in safety “under his own vine and fig tree” (1 Ki 4:25). Since trees are so valued, it is no wonder that King David calls a man who delights in the Lord “a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its own fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (Ps 1:3).

  6. Vow after foolish vow, Saul continually sticks his foot in his mouth. It turns out the offender is the kings own son Jonathan (who victored them)- yet the the men rescue him from death. Now the question that begs an answer -who is right? Jonathan has unintentionally become entangled in his fathers rashness. And though Saul shows much zeal, he also shows little discretion. Not to be humiliated, he is willing to kill his own son. But the men discern the truth. They stand by the man of integrity. Saul is a rash king- Jonathan, a war hero. Saul they obey- Jonathan they save. We can learn to stand for integrity like these men who held to discernment.

  7. 7And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

    We are the armourbearers of the church fallowing our Pastor into this battle. BEing submitted to say Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart, will give us victory in the battle.

    We were all struggling last night in church. The thing is that we are all so busy with the battle of our own lives that it was dragging us down spiritually. If we continue to fully engage ourselves in this battle and bear his armour then the reward lays just ahead.

    13And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.

    45And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.

    His reward was to be saved by the people. He would surly die but the people saved him. God let the body heal itself. When you have mighty men of God at work and being obedient, it makes Gods job much easier. God wants to see what we will do, test our faith. Will we save our brother or let him die? WIll we be obedient and fight with our Pastor or give up and retriet?

    Lets take the battle to te garrison!

  8. V1
    Jonathan slipped away with his armorbearer to attack the philistine. This was not a brash stunt or a foolish suicide mission. Jonathan was looking to God to provide a great victory. It did not matter that there were only two of them. Jonathan’s confidence was ” for nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few”

  9. v6 NKJ Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised ; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
    By faith, Jonathan knew that God would not uphold the uncircumcised(the enemy)
    Ps 41v11 NKJ By this I know that You are well pleased with me, Because my enemy does not triumph over me.

  10. 35And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.

    Saul built an altar. Apparently at that time the right to sacrifice was not restricted to priests, whose particular function was to use the ephod in interpreting the sacred lot. Saul undoubtedly built other altars, since this was the first altar that he built.
    This is like us we go to the altar to get prayed for and leave it on the altar, but lo and behold we take it back with us in our back pocket. So we ask for forgiveness a second and sometimes more than that. The only thing different is that we don’t have to sacrifice animals, anymore.
    IPRAY

  11. Vs 29-Jonathan was able to see the wrong things his own Dad was doing as King-and so could the people. Then when Saul (up to his neck with his own sin) declares that Jonathan will die for disobeying a command that he never heard, the people save him. Jonathan was doing God’s will and was about to be destroyed for it-like Satan who roars at God’s people for doing God’s will. Pastor said it in service last night…Satan tells us we can’t continue doing the Lord’s will because we’re too short, too tired or too old-you fill in the blanks! He wants us to think we’ll be destroyed in the end for what we’re doing for God. It’s a lie! God saved Jonathan just like He will keep us! Keep pressing toward the mark and keep laboring in your calling-God has rest, peace, victory and ultimately Heaven!

  12. V. 29 ” My father hath TROUBLED the land…”
    It seems that Jonathan had more Wisdom than his own father Saul, the favor that Jonathan had with God and the people. Saul is just boastful, likes being the center of attention. Jonathan was more of “behind the scene” kind of guy. As for Saul he really didn’t know how to rule, even though he had the “title” king. A GODLY leader will always know how to rule his house. As king where is Saul’s wisdom? As for me I’d rather follow someone with Godly wisdom, someone that can be Trustworthy, and dependable. And not waste valuable time on someone that has no Godly wisdom, nope no way not today or ever!! A fool will always seem to be sensible or speak sensibly but when you look at his fruit…YUK… it will always be bitter.

  13. 7And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

    What sort of “armour” are Christians to wear?
    Ephesians 6:10-18

    10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

    11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

    16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

    18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

    The world is watching us to see how we are gonna handle a situation. When things go wrong do we praise him in the storm? do we just praise in the good? Lord help me I have been guilty during the storm have gotten upset cause it wasn’t how i thought it should be, but God knows what he is doing. We have to be the ones that stand in the gap when our brother or sister is down. We as a church need to be there to hold up our Pastor and Pastor’s wife hands when they can’t. We need to back our Pastor and Pastor’s wife with their vision of the church. Pastor preach to me, I’m so thankful for a Pastor that preaches to us and tells us like it is. We are the armour bearer of the church.

  14. — Let’s quit comming out with our own ideas,assuming,judging or justifying situations out of our own understanding….
    —-I must walk by faith,speak faith,act upon faith,and Jonathan is my example today.
    -Jonathan knew that God was Able to do anything,according to his will,love and mercy….

  15. 21Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.

    Some people take sides depending on the size of the army but not necessarily sell out to them. They switch sides to be with the victorious.

    I can see that reflecting in todays society. People siding with the world because the world outnumbers the church but are just waiting to see the victory God will bring to His people to switch sides. If we live victoriously people who encamped against us will turn against the world. Everyone wants victory! If we don’t show we have it what reason do they have to come?

  16. v45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel ? GOD forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground;for he hath wrought with GOD this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.

    FAITH And Courage
    Jonathan is seen as a man of outstanding faith and courage. Which begins to bring out those flaws in Saul’s makeup. A sin filled chain reaction such as pride, self,arrogance disobedience, excuses, no submission.
    Eventually sins do bleed out .
    GOD is not mock.HE knows.
    Like Pastor said last night “encourage ourselves in the LORD and believe have faith.”
    Keep kicking those sins out that GOD hates
    through prayer and fasting. Be willing to be vessels that GOD can use to rescue souls.
    As we minister unto the LORD HE will bless it.
    iPray
    iMinister
    iEncourage
    iTrust
    iBelieve

  17. UNITY BEGINS WITH 2 AND BRINGS VICTORY AND REVIVAL

    6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
    7 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

    Courage is required for UNITY. Someone must step up and step out and someone else must be willing to take that risk with them. This is what we witness here with Jonathan and his armourbearer. Jonathan was discontent to spend his life in fear sitting under a tree just waiting to see what was going to happen.

    Jonathan operated in FAITH, look at the MSG version of verse
    6 Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”

    COURAGE GENERATES RESULTS

    MSG
    14-15 In this first bloody encounter, Jonathan and his armor bearer killed about twenty men. That set off a terrific upheaval in both camp and field, the soldiers in the garrison and the raiding squad badly shaken up, the ground itself shuddering—panic like you’ve never seen before!

    20-23 Saul immediately called his army together and they went straight to the battle. When they got there they found total confusion—Philistines swinging their swords wildly, killing each other. Hebrews who had earlier defected to the Philistine camp came back. They now wanted to be with Israel under Saul and Jonathan. Not only that, but when all the Israelites who had been hiding out in the backwoods of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were running for their lives, they came out and joined the chase. God saved Israel! What a day!

    The fighting moved on to Beth Aven. The whole army was behind Saul now—ten thousand strong!—with the fighting scattering into all the towns throughout the hills of Ephraim.

    Sauls Army went from 600 to 10,000 because 2 men agreed and stepped out for a victory! What a VICTORY! What a REVIVAL!

    Let’s GO POFW “Don’t Stop Now”

    iPray
    iWork

    • Yes Pastor with this kind of unity every service can be as the day of Pentecost all in one accord on one place for the outpouring of the HOLY GHOST
      ” I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh”
      Acts 2:17. Don’t stop now!

  18. 6And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

    7And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

    This chapter reveals to me the power of unity. Jonathan and his armourbearer where unified in their actions and thoughts, and thus they were victorious in the battle against the philistines. God is speaking to POFW that the region of Fort Worth may seem like the army of the Philistines, but if we can just become unified in spirit and actions, nothing is too hard for the Lord.

    Leviticus 26:8
    And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword

    Let’s deal with whatever is in our spirit that would cause us to no be unified, and let’s join together to take this city for Jesus!

  19. iLoveth to eat the Word for Lunch

    Be Brave

    And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6 KJV)

    While Jonathan was brave here, along side his armor bearer, the question is where was he when Goliath was cursing the Israelites? Did he “burn out?” Where ever he was, it seems as if David must have sparked a revival in him for they soon would become best friends.

  20. v27″ And put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightend.”

    This reminds me of what Sister Chennault once said” if you want to come face to face with JESUS and you want to know HIM
    Read HIS gospel.” HE IS SWEETER than the honeycomb.

    So I opened my mouth. and he caused me to eat that roll.
    v3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause the belly to eat,and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee.Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
    v4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. EZE.3:2-4

    GOD’S WORD heals and delivers PS.107:20
    GOD’ WORD reveals .HIS WORD IS ALIVE
    GOD Is PRESENT.
    Eat HIS WORD everyday.

  21. Verses 6-7 in the NLT read….“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.” Now is the time to step-in and be blessed. Our blessing is here right now, for nothing can hinder the Lord. Our reply should be as the armor bearer “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide” Lord!

  22. When we put the situation in Gods hands He will provide and we will have the victory and God will have the Glory.

  23. 45And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.

    When I started to read this passage the thought came to me, that when we get new converts. That they may not know “all the rules,” and because of this they might get in a little trouble at the beginning. As what happened to Jonathan. He did not know what the king said about eating , and so he got into so trouble. We must take the initiative and help teach those that don’t know.

  24. This chapter illustrates strategy. “And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.” Although we may never know what battle tactics the Lord may use in defeating our enemies, we will know it was him (God). For there was most definitely a battle tactic, which brought/brings us to repentance, which we must forever praise him (God) for. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  25. iL O V E to Eat the Word for Supper

    “The Proud Tree”

    2And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;

    OH YE PROUD TREE

    *POMEGRANATE TREE*
    H7416
    רמּן רמּון
    rimmôn rimmôn
    rim-mone’, rim-mone’
    From H7426; a pomegranate, the tree (from its upright growth) or the fruit (also an artificial ornament): – pomegranate.

    THIS WORD COMES FROM #7416
    H7426
    רמם
    râmam
    raw-mam’
    A primitive root; to rise (literally or figuratively): – exalt, get [oneself] up, lift up (self), mount up.

  26. The Boldness To Pursue

    When everyone else ran and hid, Jonathan stood up to fight. I can see why Jonathan and David got along so well. Both were fed up with the enemy bullying God’s people around. It’s time to stand up and fight and let our Holy Ghost boldness go before us. We are victors, we are overcomes!!!

  27. The Bible says that God would not answer Saul. Saul seems to have forgotten the treasonous decision he made to go against the Lord and stand in the place of the priest. Instead of going after the enemy he should have repented.

    God did help the children of Israel defeat the Philistines but using Saul for any of this did not show God’s approval on his life.

    Saul should have trusted the voice of God through the man of God. Now he is trying to get a word himself.

    Our submission to authority will keep us sensitive to the voice of God In Our lives.

  28. Faith
    Verses 9-12 tell us about how God will speak to someone and tell then what is going to happen. The next thing we have to do is believe. If we don’t believe it will happen what will God do? Our faith effects what happens in our lives. If Jonathon did not believe that God was going to deliver the enemy into his hands what would he have done? God uses these moment when He gives us a word to see if we really trust Him! TRUST!

  29. 1Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.

    Jonathan had zeal but lacked direction. Had he stayed in step with his father–despite his father’s flawed leadership–then he would have known to not eat the honey and avoided bringing a curse on him. Like with Samuel who was submitted under Eli, there is still protection in submission even if our leader isn’t perfect.

  30. 6And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
    7And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

    Johnathan only looked at the fact that these Philistines not only servred false gods, But that his GOD, the one true God, could do His work be ot through many or few. Many times as people we want to be in the middke of a mob that is working toward a goal, or else we want to stand alone in the spotlight. If we were to back up and have a humble approach, and position ourselvesproperly, God, would use us more often to accomplish great feats. But we must have right hearts and motives, or we become prideful and selfish.

    Johnathan’s armourbearer displays here a true example of submission and loyality…

  31. In verse six we see jonathan testifying to the powerof God. He knows as we should know that God does not need a whole army to deliver us out of our situation he can save by many or by few. As the word pod God tells us when two or more are gathered together he is in the midst.

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