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The Friendship connection!

Scripture reading for March 22rd: 1st Samuel 20-23

When I was in school, I had a “best friend” named Kendal.  He and I were in the same class at the same school from kindergarten until our junior year of high school.  Kendal was drafted into the Army and went to Vietnam.  I  had enlisted in the Iowa National Guard.  Kendal gave his life serving our country.  Best friends are hard to find, and even harder to loose!

David and Jonathan were best friends.  The Scripture records their love for each other and how their hearts were knit together.  (1st Samuel 18:1-4) Jonathan was Saul’s son and the probable heir to the throne of Israel.  David was a shepherd and musician who God had selected to be the next king of Israel.  God placed David in Saul’s court to prepare him for his kingship.  Jonathan recognized the favor of the Lord on David and was drawn to him.  They made a covenant that would bind them to help each other.

King Saul was jealous of David’s reputation and was afraid of David’s anointing.  He was insecure and tormented by an “evil spirit from the Lord”.  (1st Samuel 17:14, 23)  David played his harp and the evil spirit would leave for a time.  The evil spirit would return and sometimes turn murderous towards David.  Saul tried to kill him on several occasions and David was forced to flee.  Jonathan always tried to patch things up or help his friend.

Finally, David realized that King Saul was going to kill him.  Jonathan tried one more time to patch things up, but was himself attacked by his own father!  Jonathan sent David away with tears and reaffirmation of their friendship. (1st Samuel 20:41-42)  When he could, Jonathan would slip away and meet with David.  (1st Samuel 23:15-18)  Jonathan maintained friendship even when he knew his own father was out to kill his best friend.

We have such a friend as Jonathan in our Lord Jesus Christ!  He is faithful and true to us, even when the going gets rough!  He provides encouragement and shares his strength with us!  We can call on him at any time and he will come.  He will warn us of danger and help us to either face it or escape.  He is benevolent and can be trusted to do us good all of our lives!  (John 15:15-17)  He will never leave us!

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True Friendships!

Scripture reading for March 22nd: 1st Samuel 20-23

I had a best friend named Kendal.  We were in the same class at the same school from kindergarten until our junior year of high school.  We camped out during the summer and loved to hunt birds and fish.  We often shared our hearts with each other.  Kendal was drafted into the Army and went to Vietnam.  I went to college and enlisted in the Iowa National Guard.  Kendal gave his life serving our country and I served as a pall-bearer at  his funeral!  Best friends are hard to find but even harder to loose!

David and Jonathan were best friends.  The Scripture records their love for each other and how their hearts were knit together.  (1st Samuel 18:1-4) Jonathan was King Saul’s son and the probable heir to the throne of Israel.  David was a shepherd whom God had selected to be the next king of Israel.  God placed David in Saul’s court to prepare him for his kingship.  Jonathan recognized the favor of the Lord on David and  they became best friends.  They made a covenant that would bind them to help each other and their families.

King Saul was jealous of David’s reputation and was afraid of David’s anointing.  Scripture says he was tormented by an “evil spirit from the Lord”.  (1st Samuel 17:14, 23)  David played his harp for Saul to comfort him.  Saul tried to kill him on several occasions and David was forced to flee.  Jonathan always tried to patch things up.  Real friends are there through thick and thin!

Finally, David realized that King Saul meant to kill him.  Jonathan tried one more time sooth his father, but was himself attacked with a spear!  Jonathan sent David away with tears and reaffirmation of their friendship. (1st Samuel 20:41-42)  When he could, Jonathan would slip away and meet with David.  He always encouraged him in the Lord!  (1st Samuel 23:15-18)

We have a friend like  Jonathan in our Lord Jesus Christ!  He is faithful and true to us, even when the going gets rough!    We can call on him at any time and he will come.  He will warn us of danger and help us to either face it or escape.  He is a friend by covenant and promises to help our descendants as well!  Praise the Lord–He has called us friends!  (John 15:15-17)

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Covenant Love

Scripture reading for March 23rd: 1st Samuel 20-23

Close friends are hard to come by.  Over the years I have had several close friends whom I have shared my heart and life with.  The one closer than any other has been my wife of nearly 42 years.  We have shared life together and are friends as well as covenant partners.  We share a love and respect for each other and have vowed to be true to one another before God as long as we live.

In today’s reading, we have the story of David and Jonathan and their deep friendship.  By the way, some have tried to read into this relationship something sexual.  The Bible in no way implies that there is anything sexual about this friendship.  Their hearts were knit to one another and they made a covenant of friendship.  (1st Samuel 18:1-3)  In this covenant, they exchanged clothes and weapons and vowed faithfulness.  This covenant friendship was a gift of God that helped save David’s life on more than one occasion.

In our reading today, Jonathan helps David to avoid the wrath of the evil spirit that is on his father Saul.  Jonathan and David renew their covenant in a field.  Jonathan promises to warn David of the intentions of his own father if he discovers that his father is planning to harm David.  (1st Samuel 20:12-16)  He later finds that to be true and clandestinely meets David again in the field.  They part company with tears and promises to be true to each other, even to succeeding generations!  (1st Samuel 20:42)

As we look at this amazing friendship, I am thinking of Jesus Christ and His promise of eternal friendship to us.  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:13-14a)   Jesus made a covenant of eternal friendship with us through His death on the cross on our behalf.  He took the punishment we deserved by taking on our sins and offenses, thereby saving our life.  He gives us His robe of righteousness and His weapons in exchange!  He promises to show covenant favor to succeeding generations of my offspring if I am faithful to Him!  He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother!  What amazing love the father has given to us through his Son, Jesus Christ!

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True Friendship!

Scripture reading for March 23: 1st Samuel 20-23

When I was in school, I had a “best friend” named Kendal.  He and I were in the same class at the same school from kindergarten until our junior year of high school.  We tried to sit together and play together at recess.  His father was a farmer, like mine, and we had a lot in common.  We camped out during the summer and loved to hunt birds and fish.  We had a great time, and often shared our hearts with each other.  Kendal was drafted into the Army and went to Vietnam.  I had gone to college and had enlisted in the Iowa National Guard.  Kendal gave his life serving our country.  I had the privilege of being a pall-bearer at  his funeral!  Best friends are hard to find, and even harder to loose!

David and Jonathan were best friends.  The Scripture records their love for each other and how their hearts were knit together.  (1st Samuel 18:1-4) Jonathan was Saul’s son and the probable heir to the throne of Israel.  David was a shepherd and musician who God had selected to be the next king of Israel.  God placed David in Saul’s court to prepare him for his kingship.  Jonathan recognized the favor of the Lord on David and was drawn to him in a covenant love.  They became best friends and shared their hearts with each other.  They made a covenant that would bind them to help each other and even their extended families.

David’s anointing and the favor of the Lord did not bring love for him from King Saul, however.  King Saul was jealous of David’s reputation and was afraid of David’s anointing.  He was insecure and tormented by an “evil spirit from the Lord”.  (1st Samuel 17:14, 23)  David played his harp and the evil spirit would leave for a time.  The evil spirit would return and sometimes turn murderous towards David.  Saul tried to kill him on several occasions and David was forced to flee.  Jonathan always tried to patch things up or help his friend.  Real friends are there through thick and thin!

Finally, David realized that King Saul was going to kill him.  Jonathan tried one more time to patch things up, but was himself attacked with a spear by his own father!  Jonathan sent David away with tears and reaffirmation of their friendship. (1st Samuel 20:41-42)  When he could, Jonathan would slip away and meet with David.  He always encouraged him in the Lord!  (1st Samuel 23:15-18)  Jonathan maintained friendship even when he knew his own father was out to kill his best friend.

We have such a friend as Jonathan in our Lord Jesus Christ!  He is faithful and true to us, even when the going gets rough!  He provides encouragement and shares his armaments with us!  We can call on him at any time and he will come.  He will warn us of danger and help us to either face it or escape.  He is a friend by covenant and promises to help our descendants as well!  He is benevolent and can be trusted to do us good all of our lives!  Praise the Lord–He has called us friends!  (John 15:15-17)

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