Book of Samuel, Chapters 13b-14


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Book of Samuel, Chapters 13b-14

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Jonathan attacks the Philistines, but rather than relying exclusively on faith, he executes his attack with precise, and wise military strategy. While faith is the foundation of all, it still must dictate to us a path in reality that is workable and doable. Jonathan shows himself to be a much more capable and practical leader than his father Saul. Saul declares a fast for the soldiers. Jonathan, not knowing of this, does not observe it. When discovering this, Jonathan comments, that Saul's rash edict has weakened the army and disabled them from accomplishing an even greater victory. Saul's edict was that all who ate in violation of his ban was to die. Jonathan ate unknowingly. Saul was ready to kill his own son in a twisted belief that this would be the right thing to do. The army steps in and prevents the murder of Jonathan. The characters of father and son are juxtaposed to show us the moral superiority of Jonathan over Saul. Saul's character flaws are exposed, laying the groundwork for his later removal from kingship.
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