1 Samuel 14: 36-40….Whose fault was it?

Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them until the morning light; let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” But the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.” And Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day. And Saul said, “Come here, all you leaders of the people, and know and see how this sin has arisen today. For as the LORD lives who saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But there was not a man among all the people who answered him. Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.”

Comment: Saul says ‘OK, now that you are fed, let’s get on with the fight’. The priest very wisely challenged Saul to know what God wanted. I have little idea how Urim and Thummim worked, but somehow God used these ‘ornaments’ on the breastplate of the priest to reveal His will. When they sought an answer God remained silent. Saul’s assumption was that God had a reason for not answering and it seems as if he said ‘Is this a fault in the leadership or the ranks?’ One suspects that his mind turned to his curse of the previous day and wanted a scape goat. So that question was to be put to God via the breastplate method. The people accepted that this was a good idea. I am pretty certain that Jonathan and some of his mates knew where the axe was going to fall!

Prayer: Help me to learn how to know Your will for my life O God. Thank you for the Bible and my conscience, which I trust You to refine.

One thought on “1 Samuel 14: 36-40….Whose fault was it?

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Finding God’s will and looking for God’s guidance is not an easy thing to do most times. We often rush off and do what we think is right without waiting for God’s answer to our prayers. Waiting on God to guide us, and looking for God’s guidance are usually done in our impatience. Sometimes it is only when we look back in hindsight that we can see that God’s Hand was upon us, although at the time it was not easy to see. Waiting on God, and praying for guidance from God are the best ways to act for a Christian. Even after years of experience, this is still not easy, I find. God bless you.


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