During a war with the Philistines, King Saul’s son Jonathan ate some honey that he found on the ground. But then someone informed him that his father had said anyone who ate anything that day would be cursed. Jonathan thought that was dumb. By depriving them of food, Saul was making his army too weak to fight the Philistines. So Jonathan sneaked away and started killing Philistines himself. Then God made the Philistines panic and attack each other so the Israelites wouldn’t have to.
Saul asked God if he should spend the night killing all the Philistines, but God wouldn’t answer him. Saul said whoever had angered the Lord and made him not want to talk to him would have to die, even if it was his son. He asked God who was guilty, and God told him it was Jonathan. Saul wanted to kill his son for not obeying his command that his son hadn’t been around to hear. But his army didn’t let him.
The moral of the story
It’s okay to starve people, because God can do their job for them if they don’t feel like it. It’s also okay to make God angry, because you won’t die as long as you have an army to protect you.