A FRIEND INDEED

( I Samuel 18:1)
October 25, 2009

 

   Proverbs 18:24 tells us that ďthere is a friend that sticketh closer than a brotherĒ. Some commentators and others quickly refer that statement to our relationship with Christ and can be applied that way and is often preached and taught in that context. The same verse tells us also that ďA man that hath friends must show himself friendlyĒ. Our lesson today takes us to a friendship that sets an example for all Godís people to follow. A friendship that was born of God and will surely last into at least the millennium if not into eternity.

 

A GOOD EXAMPLE

   Prior to their meeting in King Saulís tent, Jonathan apparently had never met David. Shortly before the battle with the giant, David had been anointed by God to be King. God knew that David would need a close, intimate friend in the future. Jonathan was also in need of a friend. As Jonathan observed David and the character which he projected by the example that he showed, God put it in Jonathanís heart to be the friend to David that David needed.

   I Samuel 17:26, 32 There is little doubt that Jonathan was with the men that David spoke with on the battle field, or with his father Saul when David spoke up with so much courage.  

   I Samuel 17:34-37 As David tried to convince Saul to let him take on the giant, Davidís faith in God was the dominant theme as Jonathan no doubt looked on with amazement.

   I Samuel 17:45-46 As David bantered back and forth with the giant, his total trust in God at this critical time in his life must have overwhelmed Jonathan as he looked on with the others.

 

ENDURING

   I Samuel 20:41 The love of a friendship such as this will manifest itself with shared feelings.

   Romans 12:15 Paul tells us that if we are truly one with one another we will weep with others.

   Galatians 6:2 It is easy to say to those in need  ďIíll pray for youĒ, but it is more spiritual to help them in whatever need they have.

   Ruth 1:16 Another great example of a loving friendship is that of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth loved Naomi and refused to leave her at any cost.

 

SACRIFICE

   I Samuel 18:4; 23:17-18 Jonathan gave up the kingdom for David. True friendship knows no bounds of sacrifice, love or giving. Davidís welfare meant more to Jonathan than his own.

   Romans 16:1-4 Paul spoke of the unselfishness of Phebe and others in the church who had been willing to sacrifice themselves for Paulís ministry and other believers.

   I Samuel 23:17 Jonathan was willing to take a back seat to David. Real friendship pushes the friend into the first position and will rejoice in the success of their friend.

   I Samuel 20:1-4 Jonathan made sure David knew  there was nothing he would not do for him.

 

LASTING

   I Samuel 20:14-17, 42 The covenant which they made together was a binding one that would last well past the death of Jonathan. Such was the closeness of this friendship that even death itself would not be too great a gift for each other.

   I Samuel 19:2 We can find several occasions when Jonathan put his life on the line for David.

   John 15:13 True friendship is most always closer than blood ties.

   I John 3:16 John tells us that we ought to be willing to lay our life down for our brethren.

   II Samuel 9:1-13 In this story of Jonathanís son, we see David remembering his friend and their promise to each other.