Friday, July 15, 2011

1 Samuel 19:1-8

1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”

4 Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?”

6 Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: “As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death.”

7 So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.

8 Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.

Questions to consider:

  • Who warned David about Saul's plan?
  • What argument does he make against Saul's plan to kill David?
  • Why did David go to fight the Philistines again?

Possibilities for prayer:

Here we can see the value of a true friend. Jonathan braves the possible wrath of his father in order to see his friend David protected. Let's ask that God would make us great and loyal friends much like the example we see in Jonathan here. Ask that God would show you how to be the best friend you can be, even when that becomes difficult or uncomfortable.