The Bravery and Faith of Youth – Jonathan!

1 Sam 14:1-52

Taking off from where we left off yesterday, the Philistine armies were still gathered and Saul and his men were more than outnumbered. The spirit in Saul’s camp was very low as men have deserted him, and he had just about six hundred men left with him to face the large Philistine army. Of his whole army, only he and his son – Jonathan- had a spear and sword.

In the midst of all these, Jonathan told his armour bearer that they should go to the other side where the Philistines were and that God could give them victory. Could you imagine that? We were still considering the impossibility of six hundred against the large army, but here was a young man deciding to go on his own with just his armour bearer. However, as we would see from what Jonathan said, he was not going alone, but he was going backed with a strong confidence in the ability of the God of Israel. he said God was able to save either with few or with many, and who knows, he might just hand over the Philistines army over to them.

Now that is what I call a very big faith. Jonathan did not have all the facts, all the possibilities, but he knew with God all things are possible, even with a one percent chance, there’s still a chance. He knew no fear, he knew no inhibition, he was a youth full of bravery and faith in God. For me this was the most striking thing about the whole long passage. He started by killing twenty men, and this resulted in a chain reaction as pandemonium broke in the Philistines’ camp.

The Lord gave victory to Israel that day, as the Philistine army was put in disarray and they turned against each other. The Israelites army joined, and others who were in hiding before all fought against the Philistines. God indeed honoured the faith and bravery of Jonathan. And though in bringing about the victory, he broke some of the rules of his own father and was to die, this had to be overlooked as everyone restrained Saul as it was a day of victory and joy for Israel. Much might not be said of Jonathan today, but for me, this ranks as high as the exploit of David when he killed Goliath.

vs 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.

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

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