When you ask most people to tell you three (3) characters of the bible that come to mind at first thought apart from Jesus, you hear characters like: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Daniel, Jeremiah, John, Peter, Paul e.t.c. But it will fascinate you to know that there are ‘silent characters’ in scriptures who did extraordinary and great things but we skim over them without pausing our reading time to ponder and learn from these ‘silent characters.’
I will like introduce you to one of them, (he has no name assigned to him in scriptures) – Jonathan’s Armor Bearer. He’s only spoken of in fourteen verses along with Jonathan, son of Saul, in the book of first Samuel chapter fourteen. Digging deeper as you read each verse, you find a mine of treasures of revelation applicable to our lives and the Church.
Also, we can learn lessons from him working alongside with Jonathan in the framework of Jesus’ person and ways; which we would look at in Part II.
If he was to describe himself in an interview, it will be – A zealous, courageous risk taker, encouraging and an excellent fighter.
Who can we liken this guy to in our spirit-contemporary world in the context the relational lifestyles of some wonderful characters of scriptures?
They are AARONs that will stand to support the hands of their MOSESs – Exo. 17:12
They are JOSHUAs who tarry and remain at their post waiting on their MOSESs – Exo. 24:13-18
They are ELISHAs who will stick closer and closer to their ELIJAHs in the face of mockery – II Kings 2:1-10
They are ESTHERs that listen, obey and follow their MORDECAIs even if they have to die – Esther 4:12-17
They are TIMOTHIES AND TITUSES who value, love and honor the person and ministry of their PAULs – 1 Tim. 1:2 & Titus 1:4
They are RUTHs who will follow their NAOMIs to whatever length they go in life and ministry to serve God – Ruth 1:14-17
LESSONS FROM JONATHAN’S ARMOR BEARER:
- He embraced Jonathan’s vision (or foresight for victory) – 1 Sam 14:6-7; 8-11
- He was very supportive not by “lip service” or “Eye Service” but by his heart (spirit) and soul – 1 Sam. 14:7, 11-13
- He was obedient to the plan and strategy of his Leader – I Sam. 14:8-14
- Full of courage which made him to follow his Leader into a risky battle (He had every excuse not to follow Jonathan) – I Sam 14:11-13
- Defended and had Jonathan’s back from any attack of the enemy – I Sam. 14:13
- Together in oneness or singleness of heart (spirit) and soul; they both slew twenty (20) men within about a half-acre of land at first attack – I Sam. 14:14
God has placed Shepherds (Spiritual Leaders) over us at various levels of ministry and service in His kingdom. The question that springs forth from verse seven (7) of the only chapter that accounts of the exploits of Jonathan’s Armor-bearer – Is my heart and soul connected to my Shepherd that God has placed over me?
“Do all that you have in mind” his armor-bearer said. Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” – I Sam 14:7 (NIV)
(To be continued in Part II)