Israel Without Weapons; Jonathan Attacks the Philistines (1 Samuel 13:16 – 14:14)

Scripture Text:

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1 Samuel 13:16 – 14:14

Questions:

1. When you play a game with sporting equipment inferior to your opponents, how do you feel?

2. In what specific ways have you seen God exalted through your weaknesses and “unsharpened swords”?

3. Which of your inferior tools will you entrust to God for sharpening and for His use today, so that His power may be seen?

4. Have you ever run an obstacle course or climbed a cliff? Describe the experience.

5. When have you experienced the proverbial truth, “pride goeth before a fall”?

6. How do you see Jonathan’s raid on the Philistine outpost:

  • outstanding courage?
  • 10-to-1 long shot?
  • foolhardy presumption?
  • expectant faith?
  • one-upmanship over Saul

7. Why do you think Jonathan felt so confident of God’s blessings?

8. What “cliffs” do you think God would have you climb for Him? How does your response to life’s obstacles compare with Jonathan’s?

9. What would it take for your Christian walk to be characterized by “expectancy”?

Additional Note on 1 Samuel 13:16 – 22

I always find background information popping up in Scripture fascinating. (Maybe it’s the nerd in me.) One reason for the great power of the Philistines (despite their relatively small number) was the fact that at this time they alone knew how to make iron implements and weapons. Only the royal family of Israel possessed a sword or a spear (verse 22); presumably weapons that had been smuggled in and hidden.

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