1 Samuel 14:6
"Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few."
It appears to the human eye that Israel is in a desperate situation. In the previous chapter, after Jonathan defeated the Philistines at Geba, the Philistines prepared for war. They assembled 30,000 chariots, 6,000 horsemen and a multitude of troops. Saul initially had 3,000 warriors but faced with those odds most of the army fled, leaving Saul with just 600 men. To make matters worse, only Saul and Jonathan had a sword and a spear. It appears farming implements were the only weapons of Israel's army. When Jonathan decides to check out the Philistine garrison, Saul was hiding in the cave known for the pomegranates around it. It seems as though things could not get much worse.
Unlike Saul, who trusted in himself, Jonathan and his armor-bearer exhibit their faith in the LORD. Jonathan's belief in the LORD is evident from his statement that nothing can hinder Him. But he wants to be sure his action is of the LORD and not just his idea. So, like Gideon, he asks for a sign from God as verification. Jonathan will base his reaction on the response of the Philistines which he believes the LORD will give. Obviously, Jonathan believes in the sovereignty of the LORD. He will place the words in the mouth of the Philistines.
Jonathan believed Samuel's statement in 1 Samuel 12:22, "For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself." The result of one man's faithful obedience was the LORD fighting for Israel without any concern for the weapons or lack of weapons Israel's army possessed. "So the LORD saved Israel that day." (1 Samuel 14:23)
Jonathan, like Moses, Joshua, David and many other people in the Old Testament are just a foretaste of Jesus. Jonathan's faithful action led to the temporary salvation of Israel. Jesus, the one truly faithful man, saved all the Father gave Him: "When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem." (Luke 9:51) Jesus' faithful obedience against what appears to be insurmountable odds, saves many. According to Revelation 7:9, Jesus saved a multitude, "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'" Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.
Lord Jesus, through Your Spirit, instill in us the confident assurance that You save by many or by few. May we be willing to be the few or the many You use to bring Your Father's children into the kingdom. Please, Holy Spirit, cause us to see through eyes of faith the day in which we will be clothed in white robes, waving palm branches declaring with all those Jesus saved, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
"For the LORD of Heaven's Armies has not abandoned Israel and Judah. He is still their God, even though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel." NLT
Just as in the day of Samuel, Saul and Jonathan, "For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself." "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)