Today’s passage: 1 Samuel 20:1-23
- David twice asks Jonathan to confirm that there was no guilt on his part. Even though it seemed quite clear that Saul was in the wrong, David desired to get the beam out of his own eye if there was one. (Matthew 7:1-5)
- The defeat of David’s enemies would include the house of Saul! But, David honored this covenant request from Jonathan by caring for the surviving member of Jonathan’s family (2 Samuel 9).
- Jonathan’s love for David was evidenced by his commitment to help David when helping him survive and succeed would only bring about the end of his own aspirations for the throne.
Questions to consider:
- Do you have a brother or sister in Christ who you could trust to help reveal blind-spots in your life? How could a close fellowship like this help you (And them!) to grow in Christ-likeness?
- Why was helping David better than becoming king for Jonathan?
- What worldly prominence or values might we be clinging to in ways that keep us from what is better in following Jesus? (See Philippians 3 for Paul’s testimony)