1 Samuel 14:1-52
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Interesting First Samuel readings today! Jonathan was quite brave going to the Philistine camp like he did. Verse 6 was impressive: "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!"" Fortunately God helped him with an earthquake and what looked to be some unique strength in verse 13: "So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell back as Jonathan and his armor bearer killed them right and left."
Then, Saul seems to be having some power & ego & oath issues in today's readings... First he makes and oath that the men cannot eat until evening - not so wise when in the midst of battle. Then he says in verse 39 - "I vow by the name of the LORD who rescued Israel that the sinner will surely die, even if it is my own son Jonathan!"" Well... it was Jonathan. Fortunately the people were smarter than Saul and saved Jonathan. Below is a painting by the artist C.F. Vos of Saul on this day of battle in today's readings:
Bible.org's commentary on our First Samuel readings today titled "Saul Fights the Philistines" is at this link.
Worship Video: Much of today's readings reminded me of the song "We Fall Down." (we lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus) Here's Chris Tomlin's version of this song:
Have you fallen down at the feet of Jesus? Click here and fall!
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