No Weapons for the Army; Jonathan Defeats the Philistines (1 Samuel 13:16 – 14:23)

Saul and Jonathan remained in Gibeah, and the Philistines encamped in Michmash.  The Philistines took off in three directions into Israel, and got rid of all the blacksmiths so that the Israelites could not have swords or spears.  On the day of battle, there were no weapons in the hand of any of Saul’s people.  Jonathan took his men to approach the garrison of the Philistines.  Saul was unaware.  Ahijah, the priest, was with Saul.  Jonathan told his armor bearer that they would go to the garrison, and believed that God would work with him, whether many or a few.  They agreed to show themselves to the Philistines, and if they told them to wait, they would.  If they called them up to themselves, they would go.  Either way, they believed God would deliver them.  When they showed themselves to the Philistines, they called them to the garrison.  They bowed before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed 20 men.  The rest of the garrison began to tremble, and the earth quaked.  Saul looked over and saw the camp melting away, and asked who had left the camp.  Jonathan and his armor bearer were the only ones missing.  Hebrews began to assemble with Jonathan, and they followed hard after them in battle.  The Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted to Beth Aven.

What an example of the Lord’s protection and provision for His people.  Saul was not prepared for battle, with only 600 men, and the Israelites were hiding in caves, pits, thorn thickets, etc.  But God used one brave man, Jonathan, to begin His work,  Once Jonathan stepped out in faith, God took up the battle, and the Philistines were defeated soundly on that day.  We should not worry about our lack of weaponry, or our lack of troops.  When God calls us, and we respond in faith, we can overcome armies with one man.  God is our strength, our refuge, our banner in battle.  Trust Him completely and we will win the victory!

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