Chapter 13 Going to war with the Philistines and Saul has to muster his troops and wait for 7 days....during this time the army slowly dwindles away. But Saul didn't wait until the 7th day. He got impatient and his disobedience and arrogance got in the way and HE offered up the sacrifices himself....No, no, no, no, no! Only the priest can do this! OH MY!!! The king is going to cost himself his own "dynasty."
Also, interesting to note that "not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel" (v. 19). And it was because of the control of the Philistines....how convenient for them! So, the Israelites had to take their tools and weapons to the Philistine's to have them sharpen the stuff. Sounds like a good deal for the Philistines, but they forgot one thing......God is on the Israelites side! Not theirs! :)
Chapter 14 Jonathon, son of Saul, and his armour-bearer caught the Philistines off guard. The whole war and theology here is that God is in control. Jonathon leads the victory and they win against the Philistines.
Hungry kids......gotta go!
Tomorrow: chapters 15-17