Armor-Bearer

Sunday evenings we have been in the book of I Samuel and this past Sunday evening we looked at a great text in Chapter 14. We see the prince of Israel, a guy by the name of Jonathan, and his armor bearer sneak out of camp to go to battle. His Dad, the king, was chilling out under a pomegranate tree.

Now it’s easy to focus on the bravery of Jonathan and his willingness to face the enemy. We also see his great faith in God. In verse 6 Jonathan says “Come on, let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will help us. Nothing can keep the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” Jonathan wasn’t alone. We see someone with Jonathon whose name we are never told. We only know him as Jonathan’s armor bearer.

There seems to be more to this armor bearer than just obligation to be with Jonathan. There is a genuine trust and companionship. In the next verse the armor bearer replies, “Do what is in your heart. You choose. I’m right here with you whatever you decide.”

As I thought about this the Lord spoke to me with a great conviction. There are those who are called to be Jonathan’s, to lead, and to be courageous. Then there has to be the armor bearers, those who stick closer than a brother, who are willing to stand beside and take part in the victories that come to the faithful. I don’t always have to be a Jonathan, but there is great honor in being an armor bearer.

I believe what the church needs is more armor bearers. Those that may look at you and think to themselves, “this cat is crazy, but I’m going to stick by their side and see what the Lord will do.”

What we see is that not only do Jonathan and the armor bearer have a victory over 20 of the enemy, but it opens the door of faith and the Lord gives the nation of Israel a great victory as they route the Philistines all because of the faith of a prince and his armor bearer.