Thursday, 29th April 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-6 Live in Fear
The beginning of this chapter is a scene of “battle”, but “the Israelites flee in front of the Philistines” (V1). When we encounter things that oppose us, we run away because of fear. When we are afraid, we have no sense of security, we want to control, and we want to run away and give up. The Israelites chose to flee in front of the Philistines, but some were “killed and thrown down.” God uses this to remind us that when we are afraid, we should not use our own methods. The Israelites rely on themselves because God has left them. They did not cherish how God led them out of Egypt to Canaan for their inheritance. We sometimes feel hurt in relationships or while serving because we often forget who we are and what God has given us. Whether we are in the family or in the workplace, God will give us a leader. What we have to do is to support and cooperate with him so that we can play our part and let God play His part in our lives and bless the entire team.
The Israelis made two mistakes (V1). First, they did not find that God had left them. Second, they chose to use their own methods. The result of this is a crisis for the entire team-Saul’s three sons are all dead (V2). How brave Jonathan once killed the enemy, now he is killed by the Philistines. He looked spiritual on the surface, but compared to David’s complete entrustment to God, Jonathan took the right to judge in his own hands-the right to judge himself, his father, King Saul, and he acted arbitrarily. Let us not get overwhelmed by a momentary victory, because God exalts humble people.
V3-4 The battle that Saul faced was very serious. Although he was wounded, he would not die. However, Saul was afraid of the Philistines and chose to stop himself. Many times we make decisions out of fear, perhaps even because God has left us.
V5-6 Fear that the final outcome is “to die together”. Saul chose a life of self-control, with a sad ending. When we choose fear and have fear in a team, we run away because of the fear, thinking that we are safe, and the result is a complete failure. When we don’t know that God is not with us, there is only perish before us.
Section Two V7-13 Live in Negativity
V7 The people live by the river saw the Israelite army fleeing, and chose to flee. They didn’t see their companions in need of help. As a result, their city was occupied by the enemy. When we choose to escape in fear and fear, we will forget the identity of our sovereign.
V8-10 When Saul and the Israelites were approaching the city, they did not choose to confess their sins and repent and ask for forgiveness. When enemies live among us, they not only humiliate us, but also humiliate our God. In fact, each of us is doing a scene in front of the world, and the evil consequences that we bring due to fear will be used by the enemy to humiliate the name of God.
V11-13 The people from Jabesh Gilead fasted because they needed to confess their sins because they did not come out to fight with Saul at that time. They thought they could live in a corner by themselves, but the country was ruined. If we forget that God come first, then man and then the earth, and don’t value God’s house, the end result will be that we don’t even have our own house.
以色列人犯了两个错误(V1)，第一，他们没有发现神离开他们了，第二，他们选择用自己的方法。这样的结果是整个团队出现危机 – 扫罗的三个儿子都死了（V2)。约拿单曾经何等勇猛杀敌，如今反被非利士人所杀。他表面看上去很属灵，但对比大卫对神的完全交托，约拿单将审判权拿在自己手里 – 审判自己的权柄、父亲扫罗王，任意妄为。我们不要因为一时的胜利就得意忘形，因为神高举谦卑的人。