Johnathan was the son of the first king of Israel, Saul. Israel was in a battle against their arch rivals, the Philistines. Until this point Israel was a bunch of tribes. When there was trouble they’d be called together and fight under the direction of the Lord and his Prophet. Now there was a king and they were trying to function like other nations, but it wasn’t going so well.
Their enemy came and attacked them drove them back. The Israeli army was hiding in the hills in caves and holes! All of a sudden, one young man (Jonathan, Saul’s son) said, “That’s it! I can stand all I can stand and I can’t stands this any more!” He stood up to fight that day and when he did, it turned the course of an entire nation. One young man. I want us to look at this story simply because it’s inspirational. I want to identify the characteristics of a person that inspires.
Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” (Our source of strength is God.) 7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” (Passion is contagious) 8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.” 11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.” 13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet….
(1 Samuel 14:6-13 NIV)