I Samuel 20:12 (NIV) Then Jonathan said to David, “I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, that I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know? 13 But if my father intends to harm you, may the Lord deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away in peace. May the Lord be with you as he has been with my father. 14 But show me unfailing kindness like the Lord’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, 15 and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family—not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.”
Although often not recognized by many, the Old Testament character Jonathan is one of the most remarkable men in the Bible. Being the oldest son of King Saul, he was the heir apparent to the throne of Israel. He was an experienced soldier, distinguished for his courage in battle. The Old Testament character, David, was a shepherd boy, probably 15 years younger than Jonathan. Despite their differences, however, Jonathan and David formed a remarkable friendship, in part due to Jonathan’s humility and character. How are you doing with your character?
When David was anointed to succeed King Saul, Jonathan didn’t claim his right to the throne. David wasn’t in line for this honor. He wasn’t the king’s son. Jonathan was. But Jonathan defended and protected David, the one taking his place. He even defended him against his own father. Saul repeatedly tried to kill David, but Jonathan put his own life on the line to protect and encourage his friend. Do you put yourself on the line for others?
Point to ponder- Are you willing to give up your rights or position for the overall good? Do you claim what you feel your entitled to without seeing the big picture? Character can be molded in such a way that we surrender to God, and great results can be realized. Jonathan in the Old Testament experienced this great outcome as David became King of Israel and ultimately it cost him his life!
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