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April 19, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 20 (ESV)

hen David fled from Naioth in Ramah and came and said before Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my guilt? And what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?” And he said to him, “Far from it! You shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. And why should my father hide this from me? It is not so.” But David vowed again, saying, “Your father knows well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he thinks, ‘Do not let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved.’ But truly, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.” Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.” David said to Jonathan, “Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit at table with the king. But let me go, that I may hide myself in the field till the third day at evening. If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to run to Bethlehem his city, for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the clan.’ If he says, ‘Good!’ it will be well with your servant, but if he is angry, then know that harm is determined by him....Continue Reading

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  1. 42Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.'” And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.

  2. The chapter begins with David asking some logical questions. Why is Saul trying to kill me? But notice Jonathan really doesn’t answer the questions but rather gives David assurance. You are not going to die and I will always know my father’s plan, Jonathan says. It reminds me of how God deals with us at times. He doesn’t necessarily give us answers but He promises presence and assurance that He is in control. But David does not buy it, yet Jonathan’s response is a good one to remember when we are supporting someone in a difficult circumstance: Whatever you want me to do , I’ll do it for you. So they devise a plan to assess Saul’s attitude toward David, and they also reinforce and deepen their covenant with each other. Often it is not inconsistent with trusting God to develop plans that are not inconsistent with His general will.

    Now Saul’s responses to David’s absence are noteworthy. First he does what many jealous or hateful people do: presume wrong on those who their negative feelings are directed to. “He must be ceremonially unclean.” But then Saul reveals the destructive and controlling nature of anger when he tries to kill his son because he thought he was aligned with David. It is a reminder to all of us who struggle with this to be angry without sinning and losing control.

    So the chapter ends with the deep love of David and Jonathan expressed towards each other and David on the run from Saul. It lends itself to the kind of movie a man and a woman could enjoy! 🙂

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