1 Samuel 14:24-30 (NKJV) Saul’s Rash Oath: 24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had placed the people under oath, saying, “Cursed is the man who eats any food until evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.” So none of the people tasted food. 25 Now all the people of the land came to a forest; and there was honey on the ground. 26 And when the people had come into the woods, there was the honey, dripping; but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath. 27 But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath; therefore he stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his countenance brightened. 28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed is the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint. 29 But Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. Look now, how my countenance has brightened because I tasted a little of this honey. 30 How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now would there not have been a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?”
Jonathan did not know about his father’s thoughtless and self-centered order that no man was to eat until the battle was won. Actually, Jonathan had already won the battle. This rash and foolish order of Saul is revealing of his real nature. Jonathan won the battle. The battle is done. But Saul refuses to give credit to his son. So, Saul claims that the battle is not yet won. When in reality, the victory belongs to Jonathan. But Saul wants to take the credit for himself. So, he will decide when the battle is won and claim the victory for himself. Saul has no sense of humility and honor. His modesty is gone. And Saul’s jealous character is revealed. It was a foolish and even stupid command that Saul had given. The men of Israel were weary. They had fought a battle and won. They needed something to eat to regain their strength, but they feared Saul. So, they dared not eat anything until Saul claimed the victory for himself. Saul said, “Cursed is the man who eats any food until evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.” Saul’s humility was absolutely gone. And his son Jonathan knew it, and he mourned that their triumph was overshadowed by a ridiculous command mad by a jealous king. Humility, my friend, is an honorable characteristic of a true child of God.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.