One-Hit Wonders

The term “one-hit wonder” is most commonly used to designate musicians who had only one popular song. For example, one list of “The Greatest One-Hit Wonders of All Time” ranks the 1996 Los del Rios’ song, “Macarena,” at number one.

For purposes of this series, a “one-hit wonder” is a Bible character who is mentioned once, sometimes not even by name. Some of these characters play critical parts in important events, and some just give us an interesting glimpse into their world.

Because little is known about these minor characters, it is necessary to give them personalities that would be reasonable for the situation, then concentrate the episode of the Eyewitness Bible Series around events portrayed in the Bible.

As we often caution, we are not trying to add to what the Bible says; we are simply trying to add context that will help you understand the Bible better. We invite you to read the applicable Scriptures for these stories so you will know exactly what the Bible says.

Just as some one-hit wonder songs are a bit whimsical. Perhaps you will find some of these stories to be the same way. I hope you enjoy them, and learn some unexpected things.


Heart And Soul

One of the great mysteries of the Old Testament is the date when King Saul found out David had been anointed as his successor. 1 Samuel 20:31 says Saul warned Jonathan that David was a direct major threat to Jonathan’s potential kingship.

That verse is a strong indication that both Saul and Jonathan were aware David had been anointed as successor. Their reactions seemingly were very different. Saul wanted to establish his dynasty through Jonathan regardless of what God wanted. Jonathan seemed content to let David become king if that was God’s desire.

When it comes to Jonathan, many people focus on his relationship with David. This video episode centers on an event that happened six chapters earlier than Saul’s warning to Jonathan, one that demonstrated Jonathan was a powerful warrior who believed in the power of God.

Saul is commander of the far outnumbered and out-weaponed Israelites as they fight against the Philistines. The Philistines have become so powerful that they not only control the coastal plain, but have also taken control of much of the rest of Israel. Saul splits his forces and puts Jonathan in charge of one of them.

Armor bearer
Primary Scriptures:
1 Samuel 14:1-48
Story Summary:
Jonathan attacks the Philistines
Philistine outpost, Israel
Circa 1025 AD