“One Man!”

January 29, 2018

“One Man!”

Blessings folk!

Let’s continue looking at what happened when Jonathan and his servant confronted the enemy.

 1Sa 14:16-23

Now Saul’s watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked,
and behold, the multitude melted away; and they went here and there.

Saul said to the people who were with him, “Number now and see who has gone from us.”
And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.

Then Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God here.”
For the ark of God was at that time with the sons of Israel.

While Saul talked to the priest, the commotion in the camp of the Philistines continued and increased; so Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”

Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and came to the battle; and behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, and there was very great confusion.

Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistines previously, who went up with them all around in the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.

When all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines had fled, even they also pursued them closely in the battle.

So the LORD delivered Israel that day, and the battle spread beyond Beth-aven.

Saul’s watchmen saw something happening with the enemy.

Saul’s reaction?
Number the people.
See who is gone.

They found that Jonathan and his armor-bearer were gone.

Saul then called for the Ark of God…the Presence of God.
Sorta a picture of “I’m their leader…I better get out there…”

Still, Saul talked.
He talked to the priest while the commotion continued among the enemy.

What a picture of most of the church today!

Finally, Saul and the people rallied to the battle.

There was great confusion.
Every man’s sword was against his fellow.
“Friendly fire” from the Hebrews?
The hand of the Lord upon the enemy causing confusion?

Some Hebrews had sided with the Philistines and were among them.
These Hebrews now turned to be with the Israelites/Saul/Jonathan.

The Israelites who were hiding now came out to battle.

The Lord delivered Israel that day.
All because one man and his armor-bearer chose to believe the Lord and to follow Him.

How much we need this today.

Know that the Lord desires to do much with each of us…

What might the Lord rally through one person?

One person.
One Lord.
One Kingdom!