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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Covenant Oath between David and Jonathan -- 1 Samuel 18:2


Jonathan and David were friends because they walked together in agreement. They were of like character and purpose as Christians are to be with Christ. Like David, Jonathan was full of faith in God, courageous in battle, a loyal friend, tender and capable of deep love. Even though Jonathan was torn between devotion to his father Saul, he offered love and encouragement to his friend David. No doubt, Jonathan never gave up hope that one day his father would return to the Lord. He stayed with Saul to the end, fighting beside him even to his death. He gave his life for David. The death of Saul and Jonathan opened the door for David to sit on the throne, just as Jesus’ death opened the door for all who love and follow Him to be seated on the throne with Him. God’s last will and testament is the New Covenant of salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ, which gives us our inheritance with the Father and Him.

Covenant Oath between David and Jonathan – 1 Samuel 18:2
David and Jonathan made a covenant oath between them before God. Neither of them will renege on that oath. After making his covenant with David, Jonathan remained faithful and true to his friend David. He was a peacemaker. He tried to bring reconciliation between Saul and David when Saul’s jealousy and rage against David brought division. He warned David to flee because his father was trying to kill him. Jonathan risked repercussions from Saul on his own life by vindicating his friend David. Ultimately, Jonathan’s final gift to David was his life. He laid down his life for his friend. Unselfish love is the root of noble and courageous character. Jonathan’s heart was so knitted together with David’s that they became one heart. Jonathan loved David more than his own soul as Jesus loves us more than our own soul. Jesus proved this in His willingness to die on the cross for us. He laid down His life for us – His friends – and gave us all the inheritance that is rightfully His through His Father. In type and shadow Jonathan’s love for David, God’s anointed king, was a picture of what Christ the King of kings did for all who receive Him.

David will not Return Evil for Evil
     The Bible says that David did “whatever Saul sent him to do and did it successfully.” David was submitted to authority and successful in all that Saul asked him to do.  David was a good and faithful servant! This caused Saul to give David a high rank in the army of Israel. This pleased all the people, and Saul’s officers as well.” 1 Samuel 18:5b David would not allow his heart to be hardened against Saul. David had served Saul unconditionally, but Saul wants to kill David!
      When Christians are faced by unjust treatment by someone, we must not only consider ourselves but also the honor of God. The action we take should bring honor to God as well as the Body of Christ. Even though Saul mistreated David, David dealt with Saul with respect. Despite Saul’s treatment of David, he continued to minister to Saul until the threat became so great that David had to flee.
        But “all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them into victory in their battles.” Love casts out fear! Instead of fearing David, Saul should have feared God. God’s people saw David’s courage and that God was with him.  David quickly became popular both among the people and among the leaders (Saul’s servants). David had military valor and victory. The women rejoiced and celebrated and gave David more honor than Saul. This caused anger and jealousy to rise up in Saul. He feared David because God was with him.18:12  Saul also saw his own inadequacy next to David.
The celebration of David’s victory was not because David was a yes-man or people-pleaser. David did not seek this popularity and did not depend on popularity and adoration to get Saul’s appointment of a high rank in the army. David became popular because he was a man after God’s own heart” and people could see the courage, love, wisdom and peace of God in him.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jonathan and David -- Part 2



Jonathan – Saul’s Son – 1 Samuel 19

        Jonathan and David typified the united love of Christ and His followers, and the type of love Christians are to have for Christ and for each other as we do God’s kingdom work. In the face of adversity, Jonathan and David grew closer and were loyal to each other. As Christians grow closer to Christ, they will also be united and loyal to one another.
Jonathan and David were friends because they walked together in agreement. They were of like character and purpose as Christians are to be with Christ. Like David, Jonathan was full of faith in God, courageous in battle, a loyal friend, tender and capable of deep love. Even though Jonathan was torn between devotion to his father Saul, he offered love and encouragement to his friend David. No doubt, Jonathan never gave up hope that one day his father would return to the Lord. He stay with Saul to the end, fighting beside him even to his death. He gave his life for David. The death of Saul and Jonathan opened the door for David to sit on the throne, just as Jesus’ death opened the door for all who love and follow Him to be seated on the throne with Him. God’s last will and testament is the New Covenant of salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ, which gives us our inheritance with the Father and Him.
       Jonathan and David were knitted together in a deep and abiding love and friendship because they had like characters. Both Jonathan and David had a deep commitment to God’s kingdom and His people. (see 1 Samuel  14:6; 17:47) They were humble, courageous and noble in character. Each was willing to lay down his life for his fellow man. Jonathan, like David and unlike his father Saul, trusted God for victory and was humble, loyal and willing to submit to God’s will. Though Jonathan’s natural heritage put him in line to succeed Saul, he submitted to God’s choice of king and supported him. Jonathan gave his all to David: his love, his inheritance to the throne of his father, his covenant, his honor, his garment, his weapons and lastly his life. Jesus too gave His all to His followers – His love, His grace, His peace, His joy, His life, His Spirit and His Heavenly Kingdom. Jesus loved us with His own life. Jesus is the Perfect Giver.

Jonathan and David show us that men can have a deep and tender relationship without any sexual attraction. The relationship between Jonathan and David has erroneously been depicted as a homosexual relationship. To twist this pure, God-driven, brotherly love relationship is a travesty and must hurt the pure love and heart of God.
Jonathan stripped himself of his royal robe, his armor and his weapons and gave them to David saying, “You will be the next king of Israel………God’s hand is upon you and these are rightfully yours.” Because Jonathan was surrendered to God, he saw God’s hand on David.  It was Jonathan’s deep faith and trust in God like David that motivated him. Jesus too stripped Himself of His royal garment to come to earth to redeem mankind and share His royalty with those who receive Him. Jesus in the greatest act of unselfish love laid down His life willingly at the cross for the sins of the whole world so that we could put on His royal robe of righteousness.
Both Jonathan and David had a deep commitment to God’s kingdom, His people and to each other. (see 1 Samuel  14:6; 17:47) Each was willing to lay down his life for his fellow man. Jonathan, like David and unlike his father Saul, trusted God for victory. He was willing to submit to God’s will. Though Jonathan’s natural heritage put him in line to succeed Saul, he submitted to God’s choice of king and supported him. Jonathan gave his all to David: his love, his inheritance to the throne of his father, his covenant, his honor, his garment, his weapons and lastly his life. Jesus, the greater One than Jonathan, too gave His all to His followers – His love, His grace, His peace, His joy, His life, His Spirit and His Heavenly Kingdom. Jesus loved us with His own life. Jesus is the Perfect Giver.
Jonathan and David were friends because they walked together in agreement. They were of like character and purpose as Christians are to be with Christ. Like David, Jonathan was full of faith in God, courageous in battle, a loyal friend, tender and capable of deep love. Even though Jonathan was torn between devotion to his father Saul and David, he offered love and encouragement to his friend David as Christ offers love and encouragement to us. No doubt, Jonathan never gave up hope that one day his father would return to the Lord. He stayed with Saul to the end, fighting beside him even to his death. Jonathan honored his earthly father, but he gave his life for David. The death of Saul and Jonathan opened the door for David to sit on the throne, just as Jesus’ death opened the door for all who love and follow Him to be seated on the throne with Him. God’s last will and testament is the New Covenant of salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ, which gives us our inheritance with the Father and Him.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Jonathan – Saul’s Son – 1 Samuel 19



       Jonathan, Saul's son, is an Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin. Like David, Jonathan trusted God, was courageous and a fierce warrior. Jonathan and his armor-bearer  had just won a battle against the Philistines.
 Jonathan would remain with his father until the end despite Saul’s evil ways. He died with his father on the battlefield. Before doing so, Jonathan turned the kingdom over to David, God’s chosen, anointed one, and made a covenant with him before God. No doubt Jonathan, who was in the palace with David, heard some of David’s psalms (songs) that expressed David’s heart toward God and His people. Jonathan not only learned more about David in the palace, he probably learned more about God through David. David had a close and abiding relationship with the Lord. Jonathan also saw David’s actions in the palace and heard his words. These things made Jonathan love David all the more. Eventually, David and Jonathan made a covenant oath before God to each other. An oath before God is not to be broken. Neither of them will renege on that oath.

Jonathan had the most to lose, yet he knew that David was God’s choice to take over the kingdom, so he gave up his right to the throne to David. Jonathan took off his royal robe, his armor and his weapons and gave them to David saying, “You will be the next king of Israel………God’s hand is upon you and these are rightfully yours.” Because Jonathan was surrendered to God, he saw God’s hand on David.  It was Jonathan’s deep faith and trust in God like David that motivated him. Jonathan and David’s relationship with God and deep friendship were stronger than any jealousy, envy and ambition. Jonathan and David were friends who stuck closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:34) Jonathan and David’s love for God far surpassed the throne of Israel because they loved the Lord and God’s people far more than the throne. 1 Samuel 18:1 says, “….Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.” The Apostle Paul said it this way – “having the same love, being one in Spirit, and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:2-4  David and Jonathan understood this long before Jesus came to earth.

David will not Return Evil for Evil

            The Bible says that David did “whatever Saul sent him to do and did it successfully.” David was submitted to authority and successful in all that Saul asked him to do. This caused Saul to give David a high rank in the army of Israel. This pleased all the people, and Saul’s officers as well.” 1 Samuel 18:5b
            When Christians are faced with unjust treatment by someone, we must not only consider ourselves but also the honor of God. The action we take should bring honor to God as well as the Body of Christ. Even though Saul mistreated David, David dealt with Saul with respect. Despite Saul’s treatment of David, he continued to minister to Saul until the threat became so great that David had to flee.
            But “all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them into victory in their battles.” Love casts out fear! Instead of fearing David, Saul should have feared God. God’s people saw David’s courage and that God was with him.  David quickly became popular both among the people and among the leaders (Saul’s servants). David had military valor and success. The women rejoiced and celebrated and gave David more honor than Saul. Anger and jealousy rose up in Saul. He feared David because God was with him.18:12 
           David's esteem among the people was not because David was a yes-man or people-pleaser. David did not seek this popularity and did not depend on popularity and adoration to get God's peoples' love. David became popular because he was a man after God’s own heart” and people could see the courage, love, wisdom and peace of God in him.