It's wet. It's late. But almost a thousand people are gathered here to meet with God. I've just come from our South West gathering where a packed room prayed and shared news, enjoying good gospel company together.
This evening Richard Cunningham preached on 1 Samuel 14. Back in July Richard was at the Newfrontiers conference when David Stroud preached this passage and was provoked and inspired by that. His version was similar though not entirely the same.
We stand between cynicism and triumphalism. The Philistines dominate the scene (think LOTR Orcs). Israel hides and only 600 remain, and then only two weapons. God's people are attacked mercilessly and look weak - like us in the face of rising new atheism. Do we give in to cynicism? Do we embrace blind triumphalism? Jonathan says let's go and perhaps the Lord... his armour bearer goes with him. Just bravado? No.
1. Jonathan is indignant - because he knows God's promises. He sees idolatry, like Paul in Athens. The glory of GOd must be the primary motivation for evangelism and all action. Saul by contrast is indignant about the negotiable things that don't matter.
3. Jonathan knew God's power and character. He heard Samuel's Bible Overview in chapter 12. He's not man-centred. He's Yahweh centred. The LORD saves. We know our inheritance in the LORD.
Contrast - Saul's religion with ichabod's relative, he's dancing with the glory-departed man. It's horrendous. Jonathan has good gospel company - a heart & soul man. Contrast - Saul's passivity with Jonathan's plan. Saul is all 'Dads Army' counting the people, Jonathan goes for it. Get out of maintainence mode into mission mode. v23 - we go from perhaps the Lord to "so the Lord saved!"