By Many or By Few

Text: I Samuel 14:1-23
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: July 20, 2008

Last week we left Israel in what appeared to be an impossible situation. They were overwhelmingly outnumbered and outgunned by the Philistines. After a hopeful beginning their new king had failed a crucial test and seemed to have lost the confidence of the people. God delights in using our situations of extremity and hopelessness to demonstrate His great power through us. Saul’s son Jonathan, along with his armorbearer, attacks the Philistines outpost leading to a great victory for the Israelites.

Our text contains one of the great statements of faith in all of Scripture. As Jonathan faces the Philistine stronghold he encourages his companion, “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for The LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.”

We too are called upon to assault strongholds, not militarily, but in the realm of truth (II Co. 10:3-5). Sadly, we are often prone, like Saul, to sit back and wait when we should be engaging the enemy. We have hope for victory by God’s power. After all, didn’t He save us from spiritual rebellion and death?

Posted on July 20th, 2008 | Permalink