Today’s Reading : I Samuel Chapter 20
Camaraderie. Compassion. Friendship. Loyalty. These words are used often in the New Testament, but are seldom used in the Old Testament in regards with people relationships. In the Old Testament, people are only interested in their own gain and power. We have a glimpse of true devotion and friendship in today’s reading between Jonathan and David.
Jonathan is the son of King Saul. He is also the brother-in-law to David. David and Jonathan became great friends during Saul’s reign as king of Israel. After David stood up to Goliath and saved Israel from their enemies, David came into the court of the king and became a trusted advisor to the king and Jonathan. Saul became paranoid and needed assistance from David to soothe his thoughts, so David became more trusted by both Saul and Jonathan. Along the way, Saul started to question the loyalty of everybody including David and Jonathan. Saul conspired with Jonathan and his other advisors to plot against David and kill him. But through all of the lies and conspiracy of Saul, Jonathan remained faithful to David.
This loyalty and friendship is due to the presence of the Holy Spirit on David. David had eight brothers [we are introduced to earlier in Samuel] and all of them were not concerned about David while he was in the fields as a shepherd. The brothers even despised him as David brought them food and refreshment in the battlefield. David had known how to be a brother, but none of his blood relatives would be committed and dedicated to him. After David is anointed and has conquered the Philistines, he is brought into the court of Saul and Jonathan. Here the Spirit creates a bond between Jonathan and David that is stronger than birth or blood.
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
I wonder if Solomon is referring to his father’s and Jonathan’s relationship here. This relationship literally save David’s life several times. Jonathan and David embodied the Hebrew commandment that are later spoke by Christ and shared with many
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word:
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
David and Jonathan knew that their purpose was far greater than anything that they could imagine. They knew that God’s hand had placed them together for a reason. Their loyalty to each other would transcend both of their lives and live on after their deaths. This is the goal for us a Christians: to give unconditionally to all we encounter. Not only should we give to our friends, but also to the ones that are searching for friends and those who have turned away from us. We cannot give up on the people that may have hurt us in the past. We need to seek the Spirit of God to reconcile our relationships to create this type of peace and loyalty that is exhibited by Jonathan and David.
Create the opportunities for the Spirit to open our relationships to create trust, peace, and loyalty that is indiscernible and amazing. Thank you for the blessings in advance. Amen