Jonathan and David have a plan in place to determine if Saul is actually trying to kill David. Jonathan has to come to terms with the fact that his father (Saul) has lost control of his mental faculties. We examine how this can and does apply in today's world.
Continuing with Jonathan and his Armor Bearer rabble raising with the Philistines, we first look at why God has left enemies of Israel in the land He promised to give to the descendants of Abraham. The reasons for God's actions then are still as applicable to our lives today -- collectively and as individuals. Good stuff, good lessons. Let go see who the heroes, traitors, and cowards are.
Many lessons for today can be found in the Bible. Tonight's sermon is no different. Continuing in 1 Samuel, we find Saul waiting, in a pomegranate cave with his army of 600 men, for God to give him some direction on how to react to the Philistine army surrounding him. In the meantime, his son - Jonathan - understands what God has already told the nation of Israel to do; so he takes his armor bearer and heads off to initiate contact with the Philistine army.
Who are you going to be for the rest of your life? Saul or Jonathan?
We complete chapter 13 with a review of Saul's disobedience and its cost -- the kingdom was taken away from him and given to another. It also caused the oppression of the Israelites. Sin while it may provide momentary pleasure can also have long reaching consequences.
With Samuel's final message to the people of Israel, the characteristics and qualities of leadership are examined.