What a unique relationship this is between Jonathan and David! Jonathan as the son of the king, Saul could, and even should naturally, become the next king. And yet, he loved David deeply, and seemed to understand that God had chosen him to be the next king. Saul was always jealous of David, and Jonathan loved David.
Jonathan did have a hard time understanding why his father was so jealous of David, and why he wanted to kill him. When he began to understand the seriousness of the situation, he loved David and protected him. An amazing friend!
Lord, I love reading this story of Jonathan’s love and respect for David. It makes me think about if I would be that kind of a friend; giving up my rightful place because I knew that it really belonged to my friend. I want to be willing to be that friend. AMEN
Lord, I want to do what You want. Your teachings are in my heart. I will tell about your goodness, loyalty, and mercy. You are good. Psalm 40
The Love Of A Friend
1 Samuel 20:35-42
35 The next morning Jonathan went out to the field to meet David as they had agreed. He had a young boy with him. 36 Jonathan said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” When he ran, Jonathan shot an arrow beyond him. 37 The boy ran to the place where Jonathan’s arrow fell, but Jonathan called, “The arrow is beyond you!” 38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and brought it back to his master. 39 (The boy knew nothing about what this meant; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and told him, “Go back to town.” 41 When the boy left, David came out from the south side of the rock. He bowed facedown on the ground before Jonathan three times. Then David and Jonathan kissed each other and cried together, but David cried the most. 42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace. We have promised by the Lord that we will be friends. We said, ‘The Lord will be a witness between you and me, and between our descendants always.’ ” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to town. (1 Samuel 20:35-42 NC
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