What strikes me about this passage is the last part of the verse, “…perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.” In this statement Jonathan places himself in sharp contrast with his father, Saul.
Jonathan was willing to risk his life and the life of his armor bearer on his faith in the Lord’s ability to act. Saul did not think this way. Later in the chapter, 1 Samuel 16:37, Saul inquires of the Lord, but the Lord does not answer him. Already, the relationship between Saul and the Lord is blocked.
Jonathan’s action is based on his belief in the omnipotence of God. There is no force that the Lord cannot defeat. Numbers are not the issue. The issue in whom Jonathan trusts.
I wonder what application, if any, that has for our missions.
On the surface Jonathan’s action may seem presumptuous, reckless. But his action is evidence of one who has placed himself completely in the Lord’s hands and is sold out to doing whatever the Lord wants.
If I had to choose I would follow Jonathan’s example rather than Saul’s.