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The Friendship of David and Jonathan

March 26, 2012

John Allan

From time to time throughout the year, in keeping with our daily Bible reading schedule, articles and brief thoughts will be posted that might be helpful to those who are reading. Please accept the following thoughts as one installment to this category.

In 1 Samuel we read about David and Jonathan and a wonderful friendship that they enjoyed. Let us consider a few characteristics of their friendship that can be instructive for us, too.

1. Their friendship obeyed “The Golden Rule.” What we refer to as The Golden Rule has been stated in various ways, but is probably most commonly worded “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Jesus said it this way: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

1 Samuel 18:1-3 says that Jonathan loved David “as his own soul.” When we love somebody as much as we love ourselves we will seek their good. This was true of Jonathan and David.

When Jonathan knew that his father, king Saul, wanted to kill David, the Bible says “So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had treated him shamefully.” Jonathan also informed David of his father’s intent, allowing him the opportunity to flee.


2. Their friendship was deep.

The Bible says “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” Some have attempted to pervert the friendship these two men had, but the reality is their friendship was wholesome and good. Jonathan and David were friends in spite of the fact that Jonathan’s father came to despise David. Saul, in spite of being told that the kingdom would be taken from him and given to another, tried fiercely to hang on to his kingdom and pass it along to Jonathan.

Jonathan did not allow politics to get in the way. Instead of betraying his friend in hopes of being king one day, Jonathan maintained his loyalty to David.

The depth of their friendship is demonstrated in 1 Samuel 20:41-42. David and Jonathan shared a tearful goodbye as David was forced to flee from the presence of King Saul.

May we all be blessed to have at least one friendship in our lives that is strong like the one shared by Jonathan and David.

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” -Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)

This entry was posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 1:47 pm and is filed under Bible Reading Notes.

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