One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armour, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the pomegranate cave at Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men, including Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the LORD in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone. Within the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistine garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side and a rocky crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. The one crag rose on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba.
Comment: I like this young man, Jonathan! Maybe he was a bit fool hardy, but he was young and possibly had a greater trust in Jehovah the True God who was on Israel’s side, when they were obeying Him. We get very fancy, amusing and sometimes silly place names in Australia. It is interesting to see that they named their rocks as they were obviously well seen markers in the area. Apparently the names mean ‘shining’ and ‘thorn or pointed’. The pass between them overlooked Michmash, where the bulk of the opposing army was camped. I think maybe Jonathan is playing with fire! They had a man of the priestly line with them a grandson of Eli, the Eli whom we have met at the beginning of 1 Samuel.
Prayer: May we men be Men of God and our women be Women of God!
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Because we know of Jonathan’s friendship with David, we know that he had a good heart and courage to do what was right. God bless you.