Jonathan as the heir of God’s Christ acts by his faith. It is faith, not chance or luck that guides this young man. God routs His people’s enemies. It is fear of the Lord that sends the overwhelming Philistine army running. The earthquake unnerves them. They remember what happened the generation before with the Ark of the Lord. Faith not fears should warm our heart as we speak to others about Christ.
The idea of ransom is woven tightly through God’s plan as revealed through His word.
We know that Jesus gave His life as a ransom for many – For us, His people!
Paul writes in 1 Timothy chapter 2,
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”
Paul points us to the depth of knowing that Jesus is the one mediator between God and men.
But from our passage in 1 Samuel today we have something different!
We see another foolish oath (remember Jephthah and his daughter). Saul makes a rash command and promise, which has a poor strategic influence on the army, but deeper it bore no spiritual wisdom. Saul is one again trusting in his own understanding.
Jonathan calls our his father’s foolishness in verse 29, linking it to the measurement of how strongly they defeated the Philistines.
Was God angry at Jonathan for breaking his father’s oath? Was God angry at Saul for making the oath? Was God silent because it was His will at that time to be silent?
The end of the matter is that Jonathan was taken by lot and Saul is ready and willing to kill him for the sake of his oath.
The people RANSOM Jonathan away from the wrath of the king.
This is a good work Israel did that day. They saved the life of a young man who loved the Lord and served Him with courage and faithfulness.
Praise God that He the Son has ransomed us from His just wrath at our sin.
* God Above,
Please open our eyes today to what You want us to know from this passage today.
Please write Your word on our hearts Lord God, that we might not sin against You.
Please sink us in our selves that we might rise in You. More Jesus, less us.