“…Troubled the Land”

January 31, 2018

“…Troubled the Land”

Blessings folk!

Saul made a impetuous, foolish oath motivated by personal hubris…avenging of himself.

He forbade the people sustenance they needed.
He did so in the natural by not allowing them to eat.

Much of “the church” does so today by not teaching the Word of God.

The outcome?

Lack of strength.

Saul’s people faded.
The church today is powerless.

Read more of the story…

1Sa 14:27-30

But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.

Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly put the people under oath, saying,
‘Cursed be the man who eats food today.’” And the people were weary.

Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See now, how my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.

“How much more, if only the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now the slaughter among the Philistines has not been great.”

Jonathan had not heard of the ban.
He saw a honeycomb.
He partook and his eyes brightened.
He was strengthened.
The provision of the Lord.

Immediately he was informed of his father’s ban.
Then we are told that the people were weary.

Jonathan brightened of eye.
The people weary of eye.

Jonathan directly evaluated the situation, “my father has troubled the land”.

If the people had been allowed to eat freely from the spoil, then the slaughter of the Philistines would have been great.
But, because of the foolish oath, the slaughterer was not great.
The victory was not complete.

This says much to us.
If we have ears to hear.
If we have eyes to see.
If we will receive from the Lord.

We have the victory.
May we appropriate it.