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April 13, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 14 (ESV)

One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the pomegranate cave at Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men, including Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone. Within the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistine garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side and a rocky crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. The one crag rose on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba......Continue Reading

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  1. Sorry for my absence here. I have been reading but falling asleep before taking the opportunity to post. This is a compelling chapter. Jonathan shows courage to take on the Philistines almost singlehandedly. It is very interesting that Saul has a descendent of Eli in the camp. It seems as if he is avoiding the situation he found himself in chapter 13 where Samuel rebuked him for making sacrifice to the Lord. But remember God rejected the house of Eli at the beginning of 1 Samuel. So he is there wearing the ephod (high priestly garment), but does God approve?

    So Jonathan looks for God’s direction as to whether to attack. He gets the green light and God blesses by bringing confusion in the Philistine camp and He gives Israel a great victory. But then Jonathan defies Saul, first unknowingly and then knowingly by eating the honey and then questioning his father’s decision to restrict the army from eating. To me it is an indication of the ineffectiveness of Saul’s leadership. Because then he says he is going to kill anyone who eats and then doesn’t kill Jonathan because the other men see the injustice of it and I imagine Saul does too. But the mistake is not in not killing him but making an unreasonable condition and not following through. They are both bad signs of leadership.

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