1 Samuel Chapter 14

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1 Samuel 14

1 Now 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.

2 And 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;

3 And 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.

4 And 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.

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

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.

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

9 If 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.

10 But 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.

11 And 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.

12 And 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.

13 And 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.

14 And 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.

15 And 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.

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

17 Then 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.

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

19 And 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.

20 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.

21 Moreover 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.

22 Likewise 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.

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

24 And 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.

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

26 And 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.

27 But 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.

28 Then 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.

29 Then 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.

30 How 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?

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

32 And 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.

33 Then 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.

34 And 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.

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

36 And 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.

37 And 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.

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

39 For, 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.

40 Then 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.

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

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

43 Then 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.

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

45 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.

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

47 So 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.

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

49 Now 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:

50 And 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.

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

52 And 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.

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40 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 14

  1. 6. “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!” NLT

    God doesn’t need great armies in array against the enemy to win every battle; He just needs a few willing vessels that have faith in Him, not in themselves.

  2. 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.

  3. “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.” “All right then,” Jonathan told him. “We will cross over and let them see us. If they say to us, ‘Stay where you are or we’ll kill you,’ then we will stop and not go up to them. But if they say, ‘Come on up and fight,’ then we will go up. That will be the LORD’s sign that he will help us defeat them.” (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭14‬:‭6-10‬ NLT)

    Wow! Jonathan put his faith in GOD! It wasn’t ‘look at what I can do,’ it was look at what the LORD will do!! Jonathan took a step of faith, just him and his armor bearer. There was no fear in either of them. They were confident in GOD.
    Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God. (‭Psalms‬ ‭20‬:‭7‬ NLT)

    What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭31‬ KJV)

  4. Between a rock and hard place.

    4 And 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.

    Just because the road if rough does not limit God’s ability. Out of this whole chapter, I could not get this verse out of my mind. Why was there effort here to identify there was a sharp rock on one side and one of the other – and then name the rocks?

    Likely, in reality these “rocks” were mountain ranges or specific outcroppings; not actual rocks; thus identifying the location of such great victories. With this in mind, how does this apply to our lives? I believe great victories in our lives should be remembered. When we pass a particular place we instantly reminded of how God delivered us. Yesterday God answered a pray for me. I know the exact spot He spoke to me. Due to the gravity of the situation, likely, I will never forget the place. Likely, Jonathan, and the young man who bare his amour never forgot the place either.

  5. 15Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army, both in the camp and in the field, including even the outposts and raiding parties. And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified.

    I truly believe this is what the enemy is doing right now. That is why we are still getting hit so hard. We have to remember and have the spirit of Jonathan. The Lord will help us defeat this enemy. The battle is not even ours. It’s the Lord’s.

  6. 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.
    29 Then 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.
    30 How 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?
    31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.
    32 And 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.

    The difference between a leader and a manager.

    A manager will say do it because that is what I feel would be best. But a leader will will say what is best for my people. After going to war, then calling for a fast. The people obeyed because Saul was their leader/manager. But the reason why the people saved Jonathan was because who was the one who “lead” them into battle. It wasn’t Saul. It was Jonathan. So be a leade .

  7. WALKING BY FAITH

    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.

    Jonathan displayed Leadership by
    1. Expressed FAITH and Courage
    2. Didn’t GO alone
    3. Was prepared for battle
    4. Confessed his FAITH in GOD

    The armor bearer of Jonathan, the follower encouraged his leader and pledged his support. JESUS lead us to be prepared, effective Spiritual leaders to lead others by FAITH. Create in us a desire to FOLLOW you LEAD as we walk by FAITH when everything is not perfectly aligned.

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  8. 1 Samuel 14:1-2 & 12-13 (MSG)
    1) Later that day, Jonathan, Saul’s son, said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to the Philistine garrison patrol on the other side of the pass.” But he didn’t tell his father.
    2) Meanwhile, Saul was taking it easy under the pomegranate tree at the theshing floor on the edge of town at Geba (Gibeah). There were about six hundred men with him.

    12) Then they yelled down to Jonathan and his armor bearer, “Come on up here! We’ve got a thing or two to show you!” Jonathan shouted to his armor bearer, “Up! Follow me! GOD has turned them over to Israel!”
    13) Jonathan scrambled up on all fours, his armor bearer right on his heels. When the Philistines came running up to them, he knocked them flat, his armor bearer right behind finishing them off, bashing their heads in the stones.

    What these scriptures revealed to me is…. One man (Jonathan) went to battle, while another man (Saul) sat around and took it easy.
    Sounds like people in the church… while some are fighting the battle, others are sitting around taking it easy.

    We are all Soldiers of Jesus Christ, and He has called us all to fight this battle. So be a good Soldier. (2 Timothy 2:3)

    There’s an ARMY RISING UP !
    I’m in the LORD”S ARMY !

  9. 13 So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed those who came behind them. (NLT)

    Jonathon and his armor bearer literally had each other’s backs! Just the same, we should be encouraging and supporting one another, especially our leaders.

  10. An Action of Faith

    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.

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

    9 If 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.

    10 But 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.

    Jonathan acts on pure Faith and he was fully aware that God would let him know what Gis decision was. We should be able to face it all with God on our side. Thank you Lord for all you have done, all you are doing, and all you will do. In Jesus Name Amen!!!!

  11. 7 “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.”

    True submission begins when agreement stops.

  12. Panic
    Vs-15
    Jonathan’s victory was hardly rough to shake the confidence of the Philistines. But an earth quake sent by God did. Let’s do what we can and expect God to make the most of it .
    This is for the body of Christ inPOFW we all need to let Pastor and Sis Watts know how proud of them for what they have accomplished also a lot of y’all don’t realize all that bro Morgan does he helps our great leaders the WAtts and also helps of of us when you see bro Morgan.fibrin a big Thank You in Jesus name

  13. 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.
    Jonathan realized that God was all powerful and it didn’t take him a lot to give victory! We must remember if God is for us who can be against us and the Victory is already won!

  14. 13 And 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.

    14 And 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.

    15 And 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.

    God saw that Jonathan trusted in him, so he gave him the victory, and cause all his adversaries to fear him, God is truly a great God who will put our enemy in its place!

  15. 11 And 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.

    12 And 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.

    Jonathan knew that GOD had already delivered the Philistines to the children of Israel. Unlike Saul; Jonathan was prepared for the battle. GOD had shown him the way. Saul was not prepared to take on the Philistines. There was not a smith among the people, but for two there was the preparedness through our LORD. We must always be prepared like Jonathan was. The enemy will take advantage of us being unprepared. Sharpen your weapon (prayer ad the word). Be ready to do battle.

    Thank you Jesus……..Amen!!!!

  16. 20 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.
    21 Moreover 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.
    22 Likewise 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.
    23 So the Lord saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Bethaven.

  17. 8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.

    9 If 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.

    10 But 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.

    Traits of a good leader are evident in this passage. Jonathan was waiting to get direction from the Lord before facing his enemy and he shared what he was looking for or listening for with his armor bearer who was following with him.

    Many times people following a leader don’t understand the direction or what is happening, so it is good advice for the leader to always keep their followers informed and involved, so nothing takes them by surprise.

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

    The amourbearer was right by Jonathan’s side. Take note he said Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
    Without any questions he stood next to Jonathan , his heart was what ever Jonathan’s heart was. he was a true armourbearer. if you have never had the opportunity to read
    God’s Armor Bearer ( How to Serve God’s Leaders ) By Terry Nance
    I admonish you to get a copy. I was given a copy of this book years ago and it changed my life in how to serve. This book can be purchased in expensively on line. It is well worth reading. It is short and to the point.

  19. iLove to Grow in the Word

    5The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash, and the one on the south was in front of Geba. 6“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!”

    wow, there is so much in this chapter…one could write hundreds of sermons out this chapter…But Jonathan has always impressed me with his great faith (and later friendship with rival David). Rise up young Pentecostals of Fort Worth and fight the pagan devil.

  20. 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.

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

    9 If 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.

    10 But 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.

  21. 1 Samuel 14:28-29 (KJV Strong’s)
    28 Then 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. 29 Then 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.

    God cares about us so much. Just as he and Abraham talked about sparing Sodom, the Lord wants us to tell him our thoughts and feelings. He doesn’t want us to be robotic. He wants a relationship with us. Jonathan knew his father, and knew that in the end it would work out because God did the work.

    We need to trust in God with our whole heart. He knows what he is doing and wants us to pray to him and submit our thoughts to him.

  22. 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.

    These two verses stuck out to me the most because of his faith
    Reminded me that in times of trouble to have faith

  23. 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.
    If God is before who can be against us! Thank you Jesus for fighting our battles!

  24. 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.

    Great strategy for victory is shown here… Some one with no fear and believed, had faith and some one that agreed.

    Matthew 18:19
    “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

  25. “So the Lord saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Bethaven.” The word of God (Jesus) recorded he (Jesus) saved them. The same is still true today, if one will but seek him (Jesus); however we must be like Jonathan and take the first step. Dear God, open eyes and ears to the fact that your way is salvation; whereas anything other is simply a deceptive and powerless act. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  26. “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.” The Lord is no respecter of persons, which he is ready and willing for those that will but serve him. The Lord sees our true self; whereas others may not see, initially. God let our ways be pleasing to you, in Jesus name.

  27. Saul continues to play God by making decisions and speaking curses. He continues to allow his personal feelings dictate his actions. So we follow through the continual folly of saw. One wonders if he let power go to his head. How does an honorable, Nobel man digress so much after becoming king?

  28. 14:16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

    Even after seeing the Philistines being defeated they still pursue after them. I believe that is because of obedience. If they leave their enemy only slightly wounded they will come back. Yet if they utterly destroy them they tend to know not to stand against them again.

    The same applies to us today. We must do more than bind the strongman in our lives but it is also important that we daily pursue after him through obedience. It tells the enemy he is not welcome in our lives. Obedience also makes us an example to those around us.

  29. Verse 7 MSG “His armor bearer said, “Go ahead. Do what you think best. I’m with you all the way.” Same verse AMP “And his armor bearer said to him, “Do everything that is in your heart (mind); here I am with you [a]in whatever you think [best].” This chapter spoke to me about submission and support.

  30. 24 And 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.

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

    32 And 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.

    Saul’s lack of Spirit-led direction not only caused unnecessary weakness and confusion among those following him but it caused his son to be condemned to death for something relatively trivial, when it was his son was out actually doing the Lord’s work instead of waiting around trying to entreat God with a carnal mindset. Saul presumed that fasting on the part of his people would ensure victory, however not only does this show a misunderstanding of the purpose of fasting but it displays a lack of reverence for the Lord and His sovereignty. The time of war is a time for strength, not deprivation, and a time of devotion to God through fasting is a time of seeking His face, not demanding His hand act in your favor. Saul revealed his disconnection from God in how carelessly he acted with regards to the things of God and the people of God. To truly lead in the Kingdom, we must be plugged in with our relationship with God and walk with Him with our hearts and minds humbled in continual worship and reverence towards Him.

  31. 52The Israelites fought constantly with the Philistines throughout Saul’s lifetime. So whenever Saul observed a young man who was brave and strong, he drafted him into his army.

    Even back then the government was drafting young men for the military. If we all would allow God to draft us into his army, imagine how much more we could accomplish for his kingdom.

  32. Don’t be counted among those that join you only in your victory. A true friend will be there even when you’re down for the count. With you’re on the Lord’s side, he will always be there. Even if we stumble and fall, God will pick us up. He is a mighty God.

  33. ““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.” “All right then,” Jonathan told him. “We will cross over and let them see us.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭14:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    They worked side by side in harmony. The armor bearer trusted Jonathan and respected him. 

  34. 6. Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, ” Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” He was deceitful to his father !!

  35. 29“My father has made trouble for us all!” Jonathan exclaimed. “A command like that only hurts us. See how refreshed I am now that I have eaten this little bit of honey. 30If the men had been allowed to eat freely from the food they found among our enemies, think how many more Philistines we could have killed!”

    The oath Saul made to fast until victory was won was rash and not well communicated to all. On a spur of the moment vows made can effect everyone around them. Just a little bit of honey refreshed him so much his eyes brightened, if the rest of the army had just a bit of honey they too would be refreshed like him. The armies going into battle faint meant not giving their all on the battlefield.

  36. 45 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.

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