I have a dear friend who I would consider to be Jonathanesque. She’s visiting my home this weekend so we decided to do morning devotions together which culminated with communion. She opened the One Year Bible which naturally gapped in three places from time spent on former readings and it fell open to Day 269; 1 Samuel 20. The thing that was really interesting is this isn’t one of the spots where the Bible tended to gap. We both agreed that God was confirming what we knew all along – we have a Jonathanesque friendship. She read out loud as I listened to the familiar story of the friendship between Jonathan and David. It’s interesting how you think you know a story but there are some details that you forget like:
- Saul talked about Jonathan's mother in such a demeaning way.
Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!” 1 Samuel 20:30-31
- Saul had real issues. This man threw a spear at his own son because of his intense hatred for David.
“Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. 1 Samuel 20:32-33
- God was at the center of their friendship and Jonathan and David were committed to taking care of each other’s descendants.
Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.
Jonathan and David were "Friends in Deed"
- This is why Jonathan saved David from Saul (1 Samuel 20:34-39)
- This is why David restores to Mephibosheth the land that belonged to Saul (See 2 Samuel 9:6-8).
After this morning’s devotion, I returned to Shelia’s blog about Soul Knitting at A Woman of Grace to read it again.
I know that God places special people in our lives. I have several Jonathanesque friends. I’m truly blessed.
Shelia, I wonder if you have any thoughts on how to cultivate this kind of friendship or if these friendships are special gifts that we are blessed to receive. I have to admit that I have never had to work on the Jonathan friendships that I have but I’ve had to put in overtime on other less ideal friendships. I’d love to hear your thoughts.