He waited for his father to finish speaking.
As soon as he was finished he spoke with him.
“David! Praise the Lord for His victory today! Truly, the Lord has set you before Him to do His mighty deeds. Please, come with me.”
1 Samuel 18:3 NKJV — Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
1 Samuel 18:4 NKJV — And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.
He was the son of the king, King Saul’s oldest son.
Next in line for the throne.
He was a warrior, who trusted God to lead him.
1 Samuel 14:14 NKJV — That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armorbearer made was about twenty men within about half an acre of land.
Jonathan could easily have been full of expectation for his future as the next king, but his heart was surrendered to God.
Jonathan’s life is a lesson in humility, he walked honorably before God.
God had not chosen him to be the next king.
His father, King Saul, didn’t follow the Lord with his whole heart and actually refused to obey God more than once.
Through King Saul’s choices, he removes his own family from the kingly line.
1 Samuel 15:23 NKJV — “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”
But Jonathan doesn’t turn his back on God.
Never, not even once, does Jonathan envy David for being God’s chosen king after King Saul.
Instead, he sees the man who God has anointed to be the next king and he loves him.
1 Samuel 20:17 NKJV — Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
Jonathan is an excellent example of friendship.
When King Saul was afraid of David and wants him killed Jonathan first warns David of the danger and then speaks to his father on his behalf.
1 Samuel 19:4 NKJV — Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.
And Jonathan has to do it again, because his father had become hardened.
At one point King Saul is so enraged by his fear and hatred of David that he tries to kill Jonathan when he speaks to him in defense of David.(1 Samuel 20:33)
Jonathan is humble, and walks in honor before the Lord, no matter what.
Including, honoring his father, although King Saul was no longer an honorable man.
Nothing changed Jonathan, he continued to choose to walk rightly before God.
That same choice meant he followed his father and king into the battle which cost him his life.
He died fighting to protect his king.
1 Samuel 31:2 NKJV — Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.
No one can choose to make others honorable before God.
Each person only has the choice for themselves.
“Will I walk rightly before God?”
That is the question.
Jonathan answered that question very well.
May his life inspire us to choose to be honorable as well.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Jonathan and his life. Thank You for teaching me so much through his example. I love how devoted he was to You, to David and to his father. Please help me to live a life which inspires others to honor You as well. Please help me to be a friend like Jonathan was to David. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your love and faithfulness. Thank You. Amen.