1 samuel 14d it will happen just as god says.


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1 samuel 14d it will happen just as god says.

  1. 1. Stone Creek www.rossvillechurch.com 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 1April 15, 2012
  2. 2. The Philistines are defeated by the Lord. Jonathan ate, not knowing Sauls command not to eat. 2
  3. 3. 36a And Saul said, Let us go down after the Phil-istines by night, and spoil them until the morninglight, and let us not leave a man of them. And theysaid, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. That was the only answer the people typically gave to the king. It was not an enthusiastic answer, given because they loved Saul. Saul was a harsh ruler, and they obeyed him because they had to. 3
  4. 4. 36bThen said the priest, Letus draw near hither untoGod. * 37 And Saul askedcounsel of God, Shall I godown after the Philistines?wilt Thou deliver them intothe hand of Israel? But He Saul had not evenanswered him not that day. thought to pray. What do you do when God doesnt answer? 4
  5. 5. 38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither, all the chiefof the people: and know and see wherein this sinhath been this day. But had they sinned against God? 5
  6. 6. 39 For,as the Lord liveth, which saveth Israel,though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surelydie. But there was not a man among all the peoplethat answered him. Jonathan was the hero of the day. He didnt believe he had sinned. The army certainly wouldnt rat him out. 6
  7. 7. 40 Then said (Saul) unto all Israel, Be ye on oneside, and I and Jonathan my son will be on theother side. And the people said unto Saul, Do whatseemeth good unto thee. Saul had been doing nothing, until Jonathan obeyed the Lord and routed the enemy. Then Saul jumped in to ride the glory train. 7
  8. 8. Now Saul is looking for the man who ate against his orders -- to kill him. Understand: the fast that King Saul commanded was not a fast unto God. God had not directed a fast.The fast was Sauls idea, and it was not a good idea. 8
  9. 9. 41 Therefore Saul said unto the Lord Had God said,God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. "Dont eat."?And Saul and Jonathan were taken:but the people escaped. 42 And Saulsaid, Cast lots between me and Jon-athan my son. And Jonathan wastaken. 43 Then Saul said to Jon-athan, Tell me what thou hast done.And Jonathan told him, and said, Idid but taste a little honey with theend of the rod that was in minehand, and, lo, I must die. 9
  10. 10. Jonathan didnt try to avoid the punishment.He had clearly placed his life in Gods Hand.He climbed a bluff to engage the Philistines. Not one or a few, but multitudes. If Saul now took Jonathans life, He had already offered it in the beginning. 10
  11. 11. 44 And Saul answered, God do so and more also:for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan. Saul was awfully quick to condemn Jonathan to death, and I have to wonder why. We know that he was later jealous of David, when people were singing Davids praises. 11
  12. 12. If God turns away our prayer, we have reason tosuspect it is for some sin harbored in our hearts, whichwe should find out, that we may put it away, and put itto death. We should always first suspect and examineourselves; but an unhumbled heart suspects everyother person, and looks everywhere but at home forthe sinful cause of calamity. Jonathan was discoveredto be the offender. Those most indulgent to their ownsins are most severe upon others; those who mostdisregard Gods authority, are most impatient whentheir own commands are slighted. Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary. 12
  13. 13. 45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathandie, who hath wrought this great salvation inIsrael? God forbid: as the Lord liveth, there shallnot one hair of his head fall to the ground; for hehath wrought with God this day. So the peoplerescued Jonathan, that he died not. The people stood together to defend and protect Jonathan, The true hero that day. 13
  14. 14. The army had not stood against the king on any other orders; why now? Hand of God Saul was living outside the Will of God. Samuel had already pronounced him a failure as king of Israel.1 Samuel 13 [Samuel told Saul] 14 But now thy kingdomshall not continue: the Lord hath sought Him a man afterHis own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to becaptain over His people, because thou hast not kept thatwhich the Lord commanded thee. 14
  15. 15. 46 Then Saul went up from following the Philis-tines: and the Philistines went to their own place.47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and foughtagainst all his enemies on every side, againstMoab, and against the children of Ammon, andagainst Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, andagainst the Philistines: and whithersoever he turnedhimself, he vexed them. A time of taking the war to the enemies of Israel. 15
  16. 16. 48 And he gathered an host, and smote the Amale-kites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of themthat spoiled them. Saul enjoyed little or no time of peace during his reign over Israel. He became an arrogant and rebellious king, and the only blessing of God he enjoyed was victory in battles. 16
  17. 17. 49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui,and Melchishua: and the names of his twodaughters were these; the name of the firstbornMerab, and the name of the younger Michal:50 And the name of Sauls wife was Ahinoam, thedaughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captainof his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Sauls uncle.51 And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner thefather of Abner was the son of Abiel. 17
  18. 18. 52 And there was sore war against the Philistines allthe days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strongman, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.God had warned the nation that a king would taketheir sons for war and their daughters as servants. Gods Word is always fulfilled. 18
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