JONATHAN: TRAGIC END BUT SAFELY HOME
1 Sam 28:19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
Insight and Highlight
1 Sam 31:2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons
Jonathan, though tragic at death is safely Home.
David and Jonathan were true models of Godly friendship. The most beautiful and unmatched friendship between mortal characters in all biblical history though incomparable with a faithful friend like Jesus.
A friendship that started immediately at their first meeting and one that lasted even beyond death.
It was profitable for Jonathan that he met David so also was it most life-saving it was that David knew him.
Jonathan, heir apparent, handed over insignia of a future king's signature in the form of the robe, bow, and belt to David, 1 Sam 18:4. He was not only seeing in David a future chosen king by God's will but a soul kindred.
The Scripture passionately records
Jonathan "... loved him as his own soul”..",*, 1 Sam 18:3.
1 Sam 18:3 further says Then Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul.
Their friendship was not just a spiritual bond it became covenantal, one before God.
This might have saved Jonathan. Covenant keepers with God will safely be Home with Him. 1 Samuel 23:18 And they two made a covenant before the LORD:...."
The covenant was truly everlasting, ref 2 Sam 9:1-3.
1 Sam 20:42 "...The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed forever..."
Moreso was Samuel’s word in 1 Sam 28:19
"....to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me:..."
This was God's final endorsement and faithfulness as a covenant-keeping God, to a covenant partner in Jonathan. He did not kill himself as his father did. He was safely Home.
Jonathan was a cherished lasting memory to David. David said in 2 Sam 1:26
"...your love to me was wonderful,..
David"s memory of Jonathan did not depart him. So powerful, it was that long after Jonathan's death, David asked a question, even the house of Saul never expected: 2 Sam 9:1 " Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?"
David at Jonathan's passing says: in 2 Sam 1:26 * I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me:...."*
True and God sent friendships do save lives, 1 Sam 20:1-42.
What will be said of you?
Do not leave a mark in the lives of people that will make them wish your path never cross theirs again.
How unsearchable are God's ways? Honor and appreciate the good friendship God sends your way. It may impact where you will end eternally, Ps 1:1-6, Prov 1:10, 1 Cor 15:33.
Call to Word action
Jonathan's heart towards David was unforgettable to a God who loves anyone who truly loves those He loves.
The Christian clarion duty
Jonathan was a real friend who walked in when the rest of the world around David walked out on him.
Lord give me a kindred spirit: a feeling for others as oneself, in Jesus name
Make me a friend like Jesus who through good and bad times will remain faithful, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.