Welcome back everyone. We pick up in 1 Samuel 13-14 today. I appreciate all of you who are reading along and commenting on the readings. It is fun to gain insight from others. If you're new to the challenge, don't feel that you need to go back and catch up, just pick up where we are today.
The first thing that stands out to me is that Saul reigned forty-two years. Wow! I didn't think his reign lasted that long. He was thirty when he became king and died at seventy-two as king. For some reason, I had always believed Saul to have died young, only after ruling for a handful of years. This tells me that he spent the majority of his kingship as the one not anointed by God. Interesting.
Then it happens. Saul's fatal move as king that cost him and his family the dynasty (vs 14). Saul chooses to make the sacrifices before Samuel arrives (vs 9-10). It seems like a harsh punishment for a slip in judgment, but it obviously was a bigger deal than I realize. Samuel then tells Saul that God has sought after a man after his own heart (vs 14). I pray I will always be the one who's heart is after God's own heart and not the one being told that God's anointing has passed because of your disobedience.
One of the most inspiring chapters in these books and the Bible period. Jonathon charges the Philistine camp with his armor-bearer and a sword and wins (vs 12-14). The rest of Israel is hiding. I love how Jonathon initiates the action. I think to often in our lives and in churches, we are waiting for some glorious sign or parting of the Red Sea before we act, meanwhile, Jonathon shows us that sometimes we have to initiate action in order to see God move on our behalf.