Living Lesson on Courage _ Responding to Danger without Thought of Ret

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Both the short-tailed weasel, also known as the ermine, and Jonathan, King Saul's son, show great courage and boldness in the face of great danger. Their confidence in their abilities and callings set an example for us as we travel through our Christian walks, especially as those around us challenge and confront us because of our faith. The story of the Battle of Michmash also presents the believer with cautions of which we must be aware as we live and work in a hostile world.

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Living Lessons on Courage Responding to danger without thought of retreat…:

Living Lessons on Courage Responding to danger without thought of retreat… Character Sketches, Vol. 1 IBLP, 1986, pages 126-139 Information also drawn from CharacterFirst ! & various Character Council & other websites Lesson 1 1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith , quit you like men, be strong.

Definition of “Courage”:

Definition of “Courage” From the Online Etymological Dictionary… c.1300 , from Old French corage (12c., Modern French courage ) "heart, innermost feelings; temper," from Vulgar Latin * coraticum (source of Italian coraggio , Spanish coraje ), from Latin cor " heart“ which remains a common metaphor for inner strength. From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary… mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… This 5 oz mammal measures from 7-14” long i s considered nocturnal, but does venture out during the day l ikes swamps, fields, and farmlands From Scripture… w as a prince of Israel and military thinker w as a loyal friend w as a risk taker

The short-tailed weasel :

The short-tailed weasel A weasel’s mantra could easily be like that of 25 year old missionary to the Muslim world, William Borden… 2 Tim 4:1-8 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2Tim 4:5

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Fierce , fast, fearless & bold , weasels do not have the reputation of backing away from danger … (& have been known to even attack a human when one is foolish enough to try to corner, catch or touch them…)

Stoat weasel lifestyle…:

Stoat weasel lifestyle… Stoats (also known as ermine) live in dens among rocks, hollowed trees, or in the ground They can enter any opening they can get their head into…some holes as small as 1” in diameter; if they can’t get their face in, they abandon the attempt. They are carnivorous & eat cold & warm-blooded animals, rarely if ever backing down from a fight, often fighting to the death… http://www.youtube.com/v/joHDxo-wQsI http://youtu.be/joHDxo-wQsI

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Weasels of all types are known to be effective & fierce hunters, often called “killing machines”… Sleek, low slung & nimble body Finely-tuned, highly-coordinated musculature Powerful crushing jaws with needle-sharp teeth

Growing up as a short tailed stoat…:

Growing up as a short tailed stoat… Mating is in the fall, but mom isn’t pregnant until about March and gives birth some 6 weeks later. Dad pretty much disappears after the fall… Mom and pups stay together for about a year Babies are fiercely defended High energy play is common

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In the summer, they blend into the background with brown & mottled fur In the winter they turn white… & were highly prized as fur fit for royalty & other rich & powerful members of society

So what do we learn from the ermine?:

So what do we learn from the ermine? Like all weasels, they are high energy and pretty much unafraid of situations in which others might freeze… They have confidence in their place in the world; they are bold in their ability to serve, protect and defend family They like to play, and often do as they go about their daily work…

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As Christians, we should be bold & confident in the callings God has placed on us… ready & able for the Master’s use… well knowing His Word… We should also exercise our skills & abilities… knowing that persistence & determination pays off… & never be afraid to prayerfully attack a problem.

A Prince of Israel….:

A Prince of Israel…. Jonathan led a courageous attack… & allowed confusion to defeat their enemies! Often we just need to stand firm, & let the confusion of the enemy overwhelm them… Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth : but the righteous are bold as a lion.

The battle…:

The battle…

Battle timeline to consider… SAUL’S FIRST PHILISTINE WAR I Sam. 13:l-14:36 :

Battle timeline to consider… SAUL’S FIRST PHILISTINE WAR I Sam. 13:l-14:36 Saul gathers 2000 men at Michmash , and Jonathan 1000 at Gibeah . (13:1-2) 2. Jonathan smites Geba . (13 :3) 3, Saul goes to Gilgal and makes a foolish sacrifice. (13:4-14) 4. Saul goes to Geba with 600. (13:15-16)

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5. Philistines camp at Michmash , and send out raiders toward Beth- horon , Ophrah , and Valley of Beboim . (I 3:17-23) 6. Jonathan and armorbearer climb the pass between Geba and Michmash , and smite Philistines. (13:24-14:15) 7. Saul’s troops join in and smite Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon . (14:16-23-31) 8. Jonathan is saved from Saul’s curse about eating, (14:24-30, 32-46)

a daring plan, done in secret:

a daring plan, done in secret Why not inform his commander, King Saul? 1 Sam14:1 1 Sam 13:1-5, 15 Whom was Jonathan testing before the attack? Himself? Philistines? God? What went right? 1 Sam 14:14 What went wrong? 1 Sam 14:24-30 2 Sam 1:14-16

Unfortunately, sometimes confusion happens in our ranks…:

Unfortunately, sometimes confusion happens in our ranks… Jonathan and Saul had a lack of communication that caused a victory to become a sad & hollow event… Impetuous Saul placed a curse on any soldier that ate or drank anything during the battle …. & Jonathan unwittingly became subject to that curse.

So, what is our “take away”?:

So, what is our “take away”? Be strong and of a good courage , fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deut 31:6 but also be sure we are staying within His ways. Keep in mind the admonitions of the Ten Commandments… Jonathan knew his dad well, & dad had real problems, but he sowed seeds of discontent & disloyalty when he publicly denounced his father’s prohibition ~ always keep Matthew 18 in mind…& let God fight our battles!

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