Brave Prince Jonathan

One of my favorite Bible verses and stories…”For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. ” Psalm 84:11 

Brave Prince Jonathan

In 1 Samuel 13, the Bible relates the sad state of affairs of the children of God.  The Philistines had been able to dominate the Israelites and allowed no blacksmiths to be found in all the land …lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”  If any man needed to sharpen their farming implements, he had to go to his enemy and be charged an exorbitant fee for this service.  But here we first read of the excellent character of Prince Jonathan, full of faith and courage.  He attacked a Philistine garrison leading 1,000 men with one of the two swords in Israel. (Saul had the other one)  This was really “rocking the boat” as up to this point, the Philistines had tolerated their subservient neighbors.  Now Israel was considered an abomination and subjected to frequent raids.    (If the weapon-less people of God expected to be victorious, they would have to have extraordinary faith in their God.  Instead, they hid in caves , trembling with fear.)  Jonathan again attacked a Philistine garrison and uttered these famous and encouraging words to his armor-bearer “…Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us.  For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or few”.  The LORD blessed Jonathan with victory which spurred his fellow countrymen to join in the fight.”…So the LORD saved Israel that day”.

Will we dare to be fearless and bold in our spiritual walk, no longer willing ( like Jonathan), to peacefully “co-exist” with the world?

The armor-bearer’s shield is made from the seal of a small- sized coffee can. It is a hefty foil flap but will tear if you are not careful when removing.  If you put the word out a few months before you teach this you  hopefully will have enough shields for your kids.  I take a pencil erasure and smooth out the bumps . I chose a portion of a verse ,”… O God our shield.” from Psalm 59:11 , to imprint on the foil.  You will have to make a reverse image to copy, and softly poke with a pencil so the raised design shows on the correct side.  Carefully fold the edges under.  You can put a wadded- up kleenex under  your “shield” to get a nice convex shape. Glue on armor-bearer after you have colored the worksheet.  (Use tacky glue for this so it will stick well)  For younger kids  you might just make  the  shields plain with or without some sort of design.

Samson – Nazarite Judge of Israel

We read the story of Samson and wonder “What if”.  Here was a man blessed with supernatural strength in body,  but wimpy in spirit , unable to bridle his “flesh” which was his downfall.  The amazing foretelling of his birth is written for us in Judges 13 and in chapters 14-16 we read of Samson’s escapades , capture , repentance and death.  If you have small children you will have to braid the yarn for Samson’s dreads.