1 Samuel 14:1-23
The Philistines and the Israelites were set up in camps on the opposites sides of a very steep ravine. One day Jonathan, the son of King Saul, and his armor bearer decide to cross the ravine to where the Philistines could see them. Jonathan said that God could work whether there were a lot of them or just a few. He and his armor bearer determined that if the Philistines invited them to come up to them then God was going with them but if the Philistines said to wait there they would wait.
When the Philistines saw Jonathan they basically dared him to come up to them. Jonathan and his armor bearer saw that as a sign from God and scaled the walls up to the Philistines. They immediately killed 20 men.
Back in the Israelite camp they heard the commotion and King Saul told the soldiers to take roll and see who was missing. To his surprise, his son Jonathan and his armor bearer were gone! Saul started to get the priest to consult God, but realized that the battle was intensifying so he gathered his men and they went to join in the battle. In the confusion and chaos, even the Israelites who had joined the Philistines started fighting on Saul and Jonathan’s side! As the Philistines began to flee, the Israelites who had been hiding in caves came and joined the battle and God gave them a great victory there!!
Have you ever seen something like this happen? One person starts doing something and next thing you know, everyone is doing it? That is great when what they are doing pleases God, like Jonathan in this story. But we have to be careful not to follow someone going to wrong way!!
Play a modified version of follow-the-leader and Simon says. Tell the kids to follow anything Jesus says to do, but not to follow anything Jesus doesn’t say to do. If you follow the wrong “leader” you are out. Last person left gets a prize.