Saturday, February 13th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 4)
So the Lord saved Israel... And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had placed the people under oath, saying, 'Cursed is the man who eats any food until evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.' So none of the people tasted food. Now all the people of the land came to a forest; and there was honey on the ground... but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath. But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath; therefore he stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his countenance brightened. Then one of the people said, 'Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, 'Cursed is the man who eats food this day.' ' And the people were faint.
1 Samuel 14:23-28 (NKJV)
1 Samuel 14 reveals Saul's disregard. The king disregarded wisdom, justice, effort, fatigue, his men's welfare, and his own son's courage.
Because after Jonathan made a daring move, the earth quaked and the Philistines were unsettled. Surely, God was with this notable warrior. Therein, the men of Israel were encouraged.
With King Saul, they came out of hiding and battled. The massive Philistine army was on the run. But instead of honoring their brave acts of war, Saul's quest for vengeance pushed his men past their limits. He ordered a foolish fast to keep them fighting.
So later, when his troops were terribly hungry, they slaughtered and ate in a way God forbade. At the same time, Saul's rash and ill-considered oath hadn't been heard by his gallant son, Jonathan. When he saw a honeycomb, he took a sweet bite.
King Saul sentenced his son, the day's hero, to death. But just as Saul has disregarded his people, his people would disregard Saul's unfair verdict.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You serve the Lord of highest regard. He purposely, carefully chooses to consider the needs of mankind. And not only people as a whole, but also each individual. So if you copy God's Valiant Son, you must also copy His regard--loving those He places in your path.
While He regards your daily welfare, He commissions you to regard theirs.
To Be Continued...
* Jonathan's bravery; Israel's victory; Saul's disregard of his men and rash oath: 1 Samuel 14: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2014&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.