| 11 June 2013 |



*9 *“Never!” Jonathan said. “If I had the least inkling that my
father was determined to harm you, wouldn’t I tell you?”

*10 *David asked, “Who will tell me if your father answers you

*11 *“Come,” Jonathan said, “let’s go out into the field.”
So they went there together.

*12 *Then Jonathan said to David, “I swear by the Lord, the God of
Israel, that I will surely sound out my father by this time the day
after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not
send you word and let you know? *13 *But if my father intends to harm
you, may the Lord deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely, if I do
not let you know and send you away in peace. May the Lord be with you
as he has been with my father. *14 *But show me unfailing kindness
like the Lord’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be
killed, *15 *and do not ever cut off your kindness from my
family—not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David’s
enemies from the face of the earth.”

*16 *So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying,
“May theLord call David’s enemies to account.” *17 *And Jonathan
had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him
as he loved himself.

*18 *Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon feast.
You will be missed, because your seat will be empty. *19 *The day
after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when
this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel. *20 *I will shoot
three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target.
*21 *Then I will send a boy and say, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I
say to him, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them
here,’ then come, because, as surely as the Lord lives, you are
safe; there is no danger. *22 *But if I say to the boy, ‘Look, the
arrows are beyond you,’ then you must go, because the Lord has sent
you away.*23 *And about the matter you and I discussed—remember, the
Lord is witness between you and me forever.”

*24 *So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the
king sat down to eat. *25 *He sat in his customary place by the wall,
opposite Jonathan,*[**a*

*]* and Abner sat next to Saul, but David’s place was empty.*26
*Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, “Something must have
happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is
unclean.” *27 *But the next day, the second day of the month,
David’s place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan,
“Why hasn’t the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or

*28 *Jonathan answered, “David earnestly asked me for permission to
go to Bethlehem. *29 *He said, ‘Let me go, because our family is
observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be
there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my
brothers.’ That is why he has not come to the king’s table.”

*30 *Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You
son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have
sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the
mother who bore you? *31 *As long as the son of Jesse lives on this
earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send
someone to bring him to me, for he must die!”

*32 *“Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan
asked his father. *33 *But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him.
Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.

*34 *Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second
day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his
father’s shameful treatment of David.

*35 *In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting
with David. He had a small boy with him, *36 *and he said to the boy,
“Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an
arrow beyond him. *37 *When the boy came to the place where
Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him,
“Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” *38 *Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go
quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to
his master. *39 *(The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan
and David knew.) *40 *Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and
said, “Go, carry them back to town.”

*41 *After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the
stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the
ground.Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept
the most.

*42 *Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn
friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The
Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and
my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back
to the town.*[**b*



There are sometimes moments in life that call for us to do tough
things in order to protect the people we love. In this case, Jonathan
even had to lie to his father in order to protect his friend.

This rather long passage explains in details a plan David and Jonathan
came up with in order for David to know whether he was finally safe.
We read how the story unfolds, and then this part of the story comes
to an end as David and Jonathan embrace (a holy kiss) and weep
together – the reality for them that this brotherhood, this deep
friendship, was to change. They would be apart.

But the chapter ends with a great promise: “For we have sworn
friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying ‘The Lord
is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my
descendants forever”.

This is an agreement between two young men that regardless of what
life throws at them, their friendship would be in tact and they would
have each others backs.


Sometimes it is necessary to walk away from a friendship. Sometimes
friendships become unhealthy, sometimes they lead to co-dependancy,
sometimes there is an extreme level of manipulation or unhealthy
expectation that requires us to part ways. But sometimes, God brings a
friend into our live that he intends for us to keep forever; a person
he has blessed us with to journey through the valley’s and over the
mountains; a David or a Jonathan. We must fight for those friendships,
for they are blessed of God in ways we cannot understand.

Today simply pray that God would reveal to you which are the friends
He has given to you for life. Ask Him to help you fight for that


God thank you that you bring people into my life for a season, and
that you bring others into my life to journey with me for the rest of
time. Please help me to know the difference, and to know how to guard
the my friendships, and fight for the ones I need to fight for. Amen.

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