Because I had so much fun writing the first post like this, I decided to make another! It’s always good hearing a few more of those lesser known stories. I had a hard time deciding what three to pick! I hope you enjoy my selections though.
1) Jonathan’s Daring Move
1 Samuel 14:1-14
Israel is at war with the Philistines, and is not prevailing over them. Both the armies are camped near each other. One day Jonathan, who is probably sick of war and just ready to destroy these enemies of the LORD, tells his armor bearer to come with him over to the Philistine garrison. He tells him, “…it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.”
His armor bearer fully supports him, and Jonathan matches his courageous words with bold action. They go up and show themselves to the Philistines, who mock them, saying, “…the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.” I can just hear their jeering voices.
Then the Philistines dare the two to come up to them. Jonathan says to his companion, “Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.”
The two went up and ended up killing about 20 men, and God used that to turn the battle in the Israelites’ favor.
2) Michal Helps David Escape
1 Samuel 19:8-18
It seems to me that David and Michal’s story is rarely spoken of. Maybe it is different in the experiences of my readers. But anyways, I find this incident interesting, and I personally kinda think their whole story is cute (although it all turns out tragically *cries*).
First: David & Michal’s history:
So this is how it went: David was supposed to get Michal’s older sister Merab as his wife, but then Saul gives her to someone else. Then Saul finds out that Michal loves David (what girl probably didn’t have a crush on him), and so he decides to use it to try and get David killed by telling David (in a roundabout way) he can have her if he kills 100 Philistines. So David goes with some of his men and kills 200 Philistines, and what choice then did Saul have but to give Michal to him?!
Now: Story summary
Saul is trying to Kill David again…even threw his javelin at him. David escaped, but Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him, and then in the morning, kill him. Somehow Michal knows, or found out, and she warns David that he needs to escape or he will die in the morning. So she lets him down through a window, and he gets away.
Yet Michal knows she needs to stall the king’s men as long as possible in order to give David time, so she puts an image in the bed, and tells the messengers that he is sick. Saul gets mad and tells his men to bring David in his bed so he could kill him! But of course all that is there is an image.
Of course now Saul is mad at Michal for letting David escape! However she easily gets away with it all by telling him that David threatened to kill her. She was a pretty clever girl from what I can tell. Do you agree?
3) The Conspiracy (and a cliffhanger)
And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
The men go on to concoct a plot to bring it all about. So as you can see, Paul is (or appears to be) in great trouble. These guys are dead serious about killing him.
However, Paul’s nephew finds out about it, and tells the chief captain. This captain proceeds to call two centurions, and commands them to gather 200 soldiers, 200 spearmen, and 70 horsemen (!!!!!) to conduct Paul safely to Felix in the night.
And so Paul escapes out of the hands of the men, and makes it safely to Felix. But what of the men? What happens to them? After all, they swore under oath not to eat or drink til Paul is dead!
That is the cliffhanger. The Bible doesn’t say what they did after that. But I personally would assume they did not all just let themselves die of thirst. The little sissies probably saw they had no hope, gave up and went home.
What do you think? Have a thought? Which of these is your favorite? Please leave a reply below! ☺
(Read the first post like this one here.)