Bible Study Day 19: Jonathan

Reading Time: 2 minutes

I Samuel 17 – 30

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41 The boy left, and then David got up from the south side, and he fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the most.

I Samuel 20

A supporting cast member of a larger story we read about Jonathan, the best friend David would ever have. Jonathan, the son of King Saul, is put in a tough position because he is loyal to his best friend David, but he is also the son of the King who is threatened by David. Jonathan wasn’t intimidated by David, even though Jonathan was the crowned prince he knew God was with David, and beyond that, he was fond of David. Their story together ends when Jonathan warned David to run away because King Saul wanted to kill him, and we see how sad their time together was.

Bible stories are filled with great hope and great tragedies and sometimes lost in all the wars and miracles we come across meaningful relationships between people. I think the same can be said about our lives. We are often too caught up with the rat race of life that we forget to engage in meaningful relationships with people we care about or form new ones with people we don’t know. Jonathan and David are great examples of how friendships ought to operate with no one seeking their gain and instead investing in each other through trust and loyalty. Before God made woman, He said, “It’s not good for man to be alone,” I believe that’s true in more senses than one.

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