Please read 1 Chronicles 9:35-39, 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 1 Samuel 13:19-23, 1 Samuel 6:18, and 1 Samuel 14 (whew – got all that?). Sometimes we run into repetition, as events can be recorded by different authors in the Bible. Repetition is good for our memory, and maybe something written more than once means it’s important! Keep fighting the urge to skim! 🙂
Saul goes ahead of God, exchanges his own wisdom for God’s wisdom, makes his own plans, even though he has wise counsel nearby. Sadly, we’ll see this pattern develop in Saul’s life.
“Saul did something really foolish that day. He addressed the army: ‘A curse on the man who eats anything before evening, before I’ve wreaked vengeance on my enemies!’ None of them ate a thing all day.
There were honeycombs here and there in the fields. But no one so much as put his finger in the honey to taste it, for the soldiers to a man feared the curse. But Jonathan hadn’t heard his father put the army under oath. He stuck the tip of his staff into some honey and ate it. Refreshed, his eyes lit up with renewed vigor” (1 Samuel 14:25-27 MSG)
It’s crazy that he makes a rash vow, putting a curse on soldiers who eat – and when his son Jonathan eats, Saul says that he has to die because Saul “can’t go against God” (1 Sam. 9:44 MSG)? Sounds like he also justifies his own sin/disobedience/misguided judgement. Thankfully Jonathan was saved – he’ll continue to be important. God’s wisdom is best, seeking the Lord FIRST is best. Father, help us to follow You closely!