1 Samuel 12-14
Samuel and God impress the Israelites with thunder and lightning. They're back in the god business.
Samuel deems Saul unworthy of being king after he made a burnt offering to the LORD instead of rushing into battle. This bit confuses me a little. Why is Samuel so displeased? Saul has not turned from God.
Still, Saul and his son Jonathan raise up an army to smite some more Philistines but seem to be the only ones with weapons. The Israelites are rightly reluctant to follow and we know that Samuel doesn't seem to like Saul's skills as a commander.
Jonathan isn't to impressed either and goes off on his own. He immediately shows skill with a sword (I would totally have him in my WOW guild!), and his servant is bad either.
The Israelites drive the Philistines back but God seems to get the credit. Why is this? Must be like football where the coach gets the credit for a victory and the player points to the sky and thanks God when HE just scored.
Anyway, Saul commands his people not to eat for the rest of the day after victory (Why?) Jonathan doesn't here this order and eats honey and is therefore condemned. The people recognize that Jonathan is a hero and shouldn't be blamed for his tasting of the honey and they save him. I'm putting my money on God killing him somewhere down the road.
We end chapter 14 with Saul victorious over the Philistines.