Gilbert House Fellowship #347: 1 Samuel 13–14

Jonathan led a raid that turned into a rout of the Philistines. Courtesy BibleMapper.com (click to enlarge).

SAUL WAS a flawed man—indecisive, rash, and lacking in faith.

Although Saul led Israel to victory over its enemies, mainly the Philistines and the trans-Jordanian kingdoms of Edom, Moab, and Ammon, his insecurity and poor judgment led to God’s decree that the kingship would be stripped from his family and given to another.

We discuss Saul’s foolish decision to offer sacrifices rather than waiting for the prophet Samuel, placing himself above God’s priest and showing that he was unfit to lead God’s people.

Then we discuss a key battle in which Saul’s son Jonathan led a covert raid that God used to instill panic in the Philistines. Saul foolishly laid an oath on his soldiers: “Cursed be the man who eats food until it is evening and I am avenged on my enemies.” 

Fighting is hard work, and because of his vow the Israelite forces were too weak to press their victory over the Philistines. This is another example that the characteristics we humans too often use to choose our leaders—he was tall and handsome!—are not the ones God values.


Get our free app! It connects you to these studies plus our weekly video programs Unraveling Revelation and A View from the Bunker. Best of all, it bypasses the gatekeepers of Big Tech! The app is available for iOS, Android, Roku, and Apple TV. Links to the app stores are at GilbertHouse.org/app.

Check out our online store! GilbertHouse.org/store is a virtual book table with books and DVDs related to our weekly Bible study. Take advantage of our monthly specials here.

NOTE: New dates for our tour of Israel! We will lead our next tour through the Holy Land March 25–April 3, 2025, with an optional three-day extension to Jordan featuring visits to Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum, and Petra. Our special guests are Timothy Alberino, Dr. Judd Burton, and Doug Van Dorn!

For more information, log on to GilbertHouse.org/travel.

TRAVEL WITH US TO TURKEY! Join us and our special guests Dr. Judd Burton and Dr. Aaron Judkins as we visit the churches of Revelation, Göbekli Tepe, Abraham’s home town Harran, the “Gates of Hell,” Mount Nemrut, and much more. Dates are October 17–November 3, 2023. More information is available at GilbertHouse.org/travel.

Click here for the complete archive of our New Testament Bible studies to date, and click here for the Old Testament studies to date. Or go to www.spreaker.com/show/gilbert-house-fellowship for all of the audio.

2 Comments

  1. Carl Gallups JUST THIS MORNING had a very encouraging comment about that 20% Gallup poll.that is extremely insightful! Check out his interpretation!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.