Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 20.30-42
1 Samuel 20:30-42
Then Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Therefore now, send and bring him to me, for he must surely die.” 32 But Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33 Then Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him down; so, Jonathan knew that his father had decided to put David to death. 34 Then Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger and did not eat food on the second day of the new moon, for he was grieved over David because his father had dishonored him. 35 Now it came about in the morning that Jonathan went out into the field for the appointment with David, and a little lad was with him. 36 He said to his lad, “Run, find now the arrows which I am about to shoot.” As the lad was running, he shot an arrow past him. 37 When the lad reached the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the lad and said, “Is not the arrow beyond you?” 38 And Jonathan called after the lad, “Hurry, be quick, do not stay!” And Jonathan’s lad picked up the arrow and came to his master. 39 But the lad was not aware of anything; only Jonathan and David knew about the matter.40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad and said to him, “Go, bring them to the city.” 41 When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the more.42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in safety, inasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord will be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.’” Then he rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city.
Saul already knew that his dynasty was going to end but he went on trying to secure it by sinful means. He knew that God had another plan for him rather his love for himself took over and guided his sinful desires. His desires went as far as not even considering that he was about to kill his own son’s best friend. He was desensitized to the deep affects that his actions were about to have on others. That is what sin does.
Jonathan was faced with a complicated situation, should he be loyal to his father or loyal to God? Thankfully, he chose to be guided by his loyalty to God! Unlike his father, he put his desire for self aside and chose to love God first which translated to doing the right thing and being loyal to his friend David.
Points to Ponder:
So, what is guiding your loyalty? At church, work, and home?
Are you trying to secure your own throne or are you allowing God to be your ultimate security?
Pray today and ask God for Him to be much greater in your life than these other things that fight for our loyalty. When our loyalty is in the proper order I believe we will have a peace that can only come from our Father!
Weekly Memory Verse: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5.17