Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 30)
Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.
1 Samuel 18:1 (NIV)
Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David and warned him, 'My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there...'
1 Samuel 19:1-2 (NIV)
Young David's closest friend was Jonathan, the brave son of Saul, Israel's first king. But two years after Saul's coronation, he got full of himself. So God left Saul, and an evil spirit tormented him. Today, most would call it mental illness.
Concurrently, David became famous. He was a handsome, successful soldier. As David's fame grew, King Saul grew jealous. His envy turned into relentless rage, and Jonathan was caught in the middle. How could he honor his father, the king, and protect his best friend at the same time?
Because God said to honor our parents, and He didn't specify exceptions. So Jonathan fought alongside his dad to an end he might have imagined: a noble death on a great battlefield. Perhaps Jonathan's extreme loyalty kept Saul from going completely crazy.
But he was also loyal to David. He confronted his father's deadly rage and helped David escape from the palace. David never forgot his dearest friend and cared for Jonathan's surviving son. Jonathan's heroic sacrifices for David, Saul and all of Israel elevate him for all eternity.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.