Voice of Reason
think about it.
How does Jonathan defend or protect David? What is the covenant or promise between Jonathan and David (20:11-23)? What does this reveal about Jonathan's faith in God? What does Jonathan's response to Saul's anger tell you about his character? What impact do you think your emotions or attitudes have on others around you? What needs to change?
Again today Saul is not thinking clearly. He is blinded by jealousy and acting sinfully. As we begin 1 Samuel 19 he informs his servants and his son Jonathan (who is David's best friend, by the way) that they should kill David. Now keep in mind that Saul is not only Jonathan's father, he is also the king. Even so, Jonathan speaks up and confronts Saul about his sinful intent. "Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned again you, and because his deeds have brought good to you" (vs. 4). Saul listens to Jonathan and changes course with regard to killing David, albeit only briefly.
So what does 1 Samuel 19:1-7 show us about the importance of having godly friends and relationships? How can we use this passage to help us deal with things like conflict, adversity or sinful behavior with regard to ourselves and how we interact with others? Tami W.
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