I Samuel 14
1. Now it happened one day that Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.
Now the story shifts from the failing Saul to his son Jonathan. Remember that Jonathan was the one who started this whole mess back in I Samuel 13:3 when he attacked the garrison of the Philistines in Geba. We are not told the circumstances that brought about this attack, and whether Saul was privy to it in advance or not. Now we will see more of the character of this son of Saul, Jonathan. It seems that even as the rest of Saul’s army is terrified and certain that a terrible loss to their enemies is inevitable, Jonathan is not afraid of the Philistines, for he is trusting in God. It is a pity the rest of Israel was not like him in this, and even more a pity that his father Saul was not like him. If he had been Jonathan surely would have made a worthy successor and next king. Alas, though, Saul did not have the faith of his eldest son.
So Jonathan, not deterred at all by the vastly superior force of the Philistines, decides to carry out a plan of his own. He makes this bold proposal to the young man who is his armor-bearer. He suggests they go over to the other side to the Philistines’ garrison. What he plans to do there, he does not yet reveal. In going, he does not inform his father. Perhaps he is aware that his father is filled with fear, and will likely not be in the mood to risk his son and heir on what he would view as a fool’s errand. Saul just did not have the outlook of faith that his son Jonathan had. Read the rest of this entry »