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Evan Allnutt
Evan Allnutt
Sunday, August 8, 2021
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1 Sam. 14:12, 6-14

One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.2Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men, (If you were waiting on a sign, being surrounded by enemies, with a downcast king and no weapons is probably not a good sign.)6Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” (I don’t know the result, but I do know the God to whom the result belongs.)7“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” (Most trusted friend says that… It’s a good sign!)8Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.” (10/10 these guys will say come up… so Jonathan is saying God you can still surprise us with a no, but otherwise, we’ll assume our shared passion and drive here is the affirmation we need.)11So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”13Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.