Story: David & Jonathan | Scripture: 1 Samuel 18-20
Words/Phrases to Watch For:
Knit to the Soul: or knit together, is to be joined in a way that cannot be broken
Covenant: a very serious promise
Armor-Bearer: Was a helper for the "warrior" in the Israelite Army. They carried the armor and weapons of the "warrior". Armor-Bearers were very brave and loyal.
Note to Parents:
Please read through this sorry with your kids, and I encourage you again to be engaged, talk about questions that come up, even be silly with voices when it's appropriate. Kids love stuff like that! It helps them to connect with you and with what you're saying. Enjoy this time with them. In doing this, you are showing love and giving them so much more than you know!
Last week we talked about David and how his faith gave him courage! He fought any threat, even Goliath because he trusted that whatever came against him was a battle for the Lord, and God would give him victory! He stood up to that Goliath when no one else would, and in the name of the Lord, he defeated him!
After his victory, David met King Saul’s son, Jonathan. Let’s read in our Bibles to find out what happens!
In 1 Samuel 18: 1-3 it says, “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of
Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as his own soul.”
Jonathan loved him as he loved his own soul! What does that mean?
This love Jonathan had for David wasn’t romantic love, like the love your parents or grandparents have for each other. It was a friendship kind of love based on being loyal, trustworthy, and devoted to each other! Like what best friends are, but even more than that, they could count on each other. It also says they made a covenant with each other (which is like a promise), to be true friends before the Lord, and they took that promise very seriously.
If we keep reading, it says in verse 4 that “Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.”
As a prince of Israel (because he was King Saul’s son), those royal things would have been very special to Jonathan, and he just gave them to David to keep forever! This is very significant because by doing this, Jonathan was showing that he understood David would be the next king instead of him.
Things were going well for David; he was a hero, he had a new BFF, he was working full time now for King Saul not only as his armor-bearer but Saul also put him in charge of some of his army! After hearing the people sing songs of praise for David better than what they sang for him, though, King Saul became very jealous of David, and that changed everything.
Saul was so jealous of David that he began to think of ways to have David killed!
Jonathan knew of these plans, and he was able to talk his father the king into letting David live. It wasn’t long before King Saul was at it again, though, making plans to kill David. David escaped him several times, with the help of others. But Saul’s jealousy finally got so bad, David knew it was time to get out of there.
David and Jonathan made a plan to see how serious King Saul really was in wanting to kill David, and they were right, he was very determined. As we read in chapter 20, verses 41-42, David and Jonathan have to say goodbye to each other, possibly forever. It says that they embraced one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most. Then 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.”
So David is on the run from Saul.
What do you think might have happened to David if he hadn’t had Jonathan as a trusted and loyal friend?
As we continue the story of David in the coming weeks, we will see more evidence of David’s love for his friend Jonathan.
Friendship is a gift from God. Our friends can have a great influence on our lives, which is why we must choose our friends carefully.
What are some qualities you think are important in a friend?
What are some ways our friends can influence or affect us?
Now think about what kind of influence you are to your friends. Do you encourage them to do what’s right and follow God? Are you kind? Do you care about others? Are you loyal and honest like a good friend should be?
You may go through times when you feel like you don’t have a good friend. If that happens, remember that Jesus is the best friend you could ever have! He’s always there to listen to your prayers, and he loves you more than anyone can. Our friends here on earth may disappoint us, but Jesus never will.
Thank God for the example of David and Jonathan’s friendship in the Bible.
Ask God for help to choose friends wisely and to be a good friend to others.
Do you have a good friend? We all miss our friends right now, so this would be a perfect time to connect with a friend!
Draw them a special picture, write them a note or a letter telling them what they mean to you, what you like about them, or just say hello!
Ask your parents to help you address and mail a card or letter, send an email (from your parent’s email account to your friend’s parent’s email account), or make a phone call to a friend. You can also see if they need prayer and pray for them!