Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Vision (11/10/11): Jonathan and David

Last Sunday morning our sermon  text was 1 Samuel chapter 20 which focuses on the relationship between Jonathan and David. In the spiritual application I traced six places in 1 Samuel 20 where the relationship between Jonathan and David anticipates the relationship between the believer and the Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s a review of those six points:

1. Jonathan promised David to do whatever he desired (v. 4).

The believer promises Christ to do all the he desires and asks of us. We must be completely submitted to the will of Christ.

2. Jonathan asked of David to be shown the kindness of the Lord (vv. 14-15).

The believer seeks “the kindness of the LORD” in and through Christ.

3. Jonathan loved David (v. 17).

Believers love Christ. It is not a chore, a sacrifice, or an inconvenience to be with and serve those whom we love.

4. Jonathan’s friendship with David resulted in anger from Saul (vv. 30, 33).

The believer’s friendship with Christ will often result in misunderstanding, anger, and hostility from the world (cf. Matthew 10:34-39; John 15:18-25).

5. Saul threatened Jonathan that he would have to lose his kingdom if David gained his kingdom (v. 31)

The believer must lose “his kingdom” (authority, rule, mastery, autonomy) over his own life, so that Christ might build his own kingdom in that man’s heart (cf. Luke 9:23; Galatians 2:20).

6. Jonathan asked David for an everlasting covenant (v. 42; cf. v. 23).

The believer trusts in Christ and is given eternal life (John 3:16).

May we cultivate a Jonathan-like love for the Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle

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