That same day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, and let us cross over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. Bible other translations

“That same day.” The Hebrew vocabulary indicates that this is the day that the Philistine army came out to the pass at Michmash. Jonathan did not want the Philistine army to get dug in and become fortified.

“on the other side.” That is, on the other side of the deep valley that runs east to west between Geba and Michmash.

“But he did not tell his father.” It is possible that by this time Jonathan realized that Saul was making some very bad decisions and not getting guidance from God. In contrast, it is almost certain that at this point Jonathan was walking by the spirit and had revelation from God as to what to do. It is unlikely that he would have attacked an entire garrison of the Philistines on his own. There is a wonderful lesson here. It occasionally happens in life that someone who is in a higher position of authority (a leader, a boss) is not walking with God and is making bad decisions, and it takes great prayer and wisdom to go around them, so to speak, and do the right and godly thing. Believers must remember that the highest “boss” or “leader” is God, and that obeying Him takes precedence over obeying earthly leaders. There may be consequences in this life for obeying God, but that is the cost of living in a fallen world. The apostles defied the religious leaders of Israel and were whipped for it (Acts 5:40), but they had done the right thing and will be rewarded for their godly obedience in the next life.

Commentary for: 1 Samuel 14:1