Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Suffering (Part 9)
Bad Dads: Jonathan
The men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day, for Saul had put the people under oath, saying, 'Cursed be the man who eats food before evening, and until I have avenged myself on my enemies'... But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened...
Saul said to Jonathan, 'Tell me what you have done.' So Jonathan told him... Saul said, 'May God do this to me and more also, for you shall surely die, Jonathan.' But the people said to Saul, 'Must Jonathan die, who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Far from it! As the Lord lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.' So the people rescued Jonathan and he did not die.
1 Samuel 14:24-27, 43-45 (NASB)*
Jonathan, King Saul's son, was a hero: a valiant soldier and friend to David. His dad, Israel's first king, started well. But when Saul disobeyed God's Commandments, the Holy Spirit disengaged from him. Consequently, Saul's mind became twisted. An evil spirit gained access to him, prompting bad decisions and delusions.
One bad decision concerned Jonathan. When masses of invading Philistines caused Israel's army to run and hide, Jonathan's courageous initiative turned the war's tide and ignited God's troops. At the same time, King Saul ordered a fast. Without knowledge of it, Jonathan ate, and Saul commanded his execution (which was ignored by his fellow soldiers.)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Hopefully, you have or had great dads. Many of the world's people have not, so consider what Jonathan did:
1) This standout son of a fitful dad stayed by his side and forgave his faults.
2) Even so, he helped David escape and deferred to David's future reign.
As you rise on media's stages, family relationships matter. If you suffered abuse or neglect, forgive your dad, like Jonathan did. Be a hero, like Jonathan was. Your good example will help others, and the love of Christ will be witnessed.
To Be Continued...
* The Chapter of 1 Samuel 14 includes the story of Jonathan's victory and the warfare of Israel under King Saul: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel+14&version=NASB
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Absentee Dads: http://amtcdevotions.org/judgement-part-29-absentee-dads
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.