1 Samuel 14:24-46
Before Saul and the army went and joined Jonathan in the battle, Saul placed all the men under an oath (or promise). The oath was that any man who ate before evening would be cursed. He wanted his men focused on the battle. But because Jonathan was not there he did not hear the oath. So as the Philistines fled Jonathan came across some honey, ate it and was greatly revived. He encourage the men to take some to revive them but they told him of the oath. Jonathan said that had been a foolish oath because the men would be stronger if they could eat, but the men abided by the oath.
As evening fell the men were starving and began eating in a manner that was not pleasing to God. When Saul heard of this he sent out men to stop it and led the men in eating in a godly way.
After the men had eaten, Saul asked the priests to ask God what they should do next. They did but God didn’t answer so Saul realized there must be sin in the camp. He called together the leaders and asked them who had sinned. Saul declared that whoever it was would die, even if it was his son, Jonathan. The leaders refused to answer so Saul set up a system for God to reveal the person. To his surprise it was Jonathan!! Saul asked Jonathan what he had done and Jonathan admitted to eating the honey. Saul declared he must die. But the Israelites intervened for Jonathan. The reminded Saul that if it wasn’t for Jonathan none of this victory would have happened and said he should not be harmed. Saul agreed.
Saul made a foolish promise that caused many people to make bad choices and his son to sin. We must be careful what we promise, be sure to think about it first!!
Draw a picture of the troops at the end of the day when they had no food. Remember to think about the consequences of your promises!!