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Jonathan, the friend of David 7/22/2012
Dear friends,

As we look back on our lives, we note various milestones that mark the progressive steps of our life here on this earth.. Most of us remember our first job, our confirmation, our first car, our graduation from high school or college, our marriage, our first child, our first grandchild and so on. These are all points in our lives that are happy memories.

But we also remember the not so happy times of our lives, for along with the good memories in life come those things which bring sadness and pain into our heart as we remember. For some of us have experienced various types of losses, such as loss of a spouse, loss of a child, loss of a grandchild, loss of our health, loss of our job, loss of a marriage, loss of a friendship, loss of a church family, loss of a business, and so on. In life we have hopes and dreams, some of which we never achieve, but others that we do achieve but then may have been removed from us. Others are yet seeking their dreams.

In our second sermon in our series on the life of David, we will see how valuable it was for him to have a friend so that he would not have to journey through the trials and challenges of life alone.. As we take note of the relationship of love that was between David and Jonathon, King Saul's son, may we anew appreciate the benefits and blessings that are ours from having true friends.

May the Lord grant us open hearts before His Word today so that we may be encouraged, instructed and inspired from the friendship role model of David and Jonathon.

We have met David before, but now we will meet Jonathon and to do that we read the first place that he is mentioned in the Bible.
1 Samuel 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

From our first meeting with Jonathon, we see that early on Jonathon knew God in the same way that David did, for He trusted in the Living God of the armies of Israel and not in his own strength. Taking only his armor bearer with him, who was very willing to go, they went down and killed 20 Philistines by themselves. Through the reaction of the Philistines, they had determined whether they would attack the Philistines or whether they would wait for them to come to them. When the sign pointed to attack, Jonathon told his armor bearer, "Come up after me: for the Lord has delivered them into the hand of Israel." We note that he did not say, "The Lord has delivered them into our hands," for Jonathon understood the corporate nature of the union of Israel and the Living God.

After Jonathon and his armour bearer killed the twenty men, the garrison of Philistines and their raiders were afraid, and then the Lord sent an earthquake that really caused them the Philistines to fear to the point that in their fear they began to turn against themselves and soon dispersed from the scene. All this Saul's sentries observed, not knowing who was instrumental in initiating the destruction. Saul had his people to an accounting to see who was missing and it was found out that it was Jonathon and his armor bearer. He then did a strange thing: He called for the Ark of God. Saul got courage to go into the battle, came to it with his men, saw the Philistines destroying each other, Hebrews that had gone to the side of the Philistines now were fighting for the Israelites, the Hebrews had been hiding in the caves now had courage to come out of hiding to fight. And so the Lord delivered Israel that day, and through the battle that was initiated by Jonathon. He was a leader.

The people were told not to eat of the honey in the woods, but Jonathon had not been there to hear him say it. So when Jonathon came to some honey, he ate some, his eyes became bright (enlightened) and the people then told him that Saul had forbid them from eating it, sealing that command with an oath which meant that if one disobeyed him that they would be killed. And boy where they famished. To this Jonathon said that how much stronger you would have been in your battle if you could have eaten honey! We here see the compassion of Jonathon for his people.

The people were so hungry that they began to eat of the spoils of the victory and in so doing went against the law of the Lord, by eating blood. When Saul heard about it, he had each person bring his own oxen to kill so as to obey the law of the Lord by not eating blood. He then told them that they were going to go to finish off the Philistines, and after that inquired of the Lord, but "the Lord did not answer him that day." Saul, knowing that there was sin in the camp, for he must have remembed Joshua's situation with Achan, called a meeting to determine who had sinned in the camp. (He was blind to his own sin and getting blinder to it)

He went so far as to say that even if it was his son who was guilty, he would have to die.
After he said this, not one of the people pointed to Jonathon as the culprit. Wow.

The meeting came together and the lot was put before the Lord, however this was done. The lot separated two people from the rest. The people were not guilty, but only two remained as the possibilities: Saul and his son Jonathon. Then Saul, instead of now seeing his guilt, told them to cast the lots again. This time it pointed to.......Jonathon.
His father asked Jonathon as to what he had done and Jonathon told him that he had tasted a little honey, and recognized that for that he must die. Saul agreed that he must and he pronounced death on his son, sealing it with an oath. How blind Saul was at this point!!
He was going to kill his own son for eating honey, for eating food. Saul no longer saw things clearly....so his son must die for eating a little bit of honey.

But the people jumped into save Jonathon´s life, telling Saul that how can you kill your son when he was the one who won the victory over the Philistines? The people prevailed over Saul and Jonathon did not die. Saul left off this battle as the people dispersed, Saul continued to war against other nations, winning victory after victory.

Saul had five children, Jonathon, Ishui, Melchishua, Merab and Michal. (3 boys and 2 girls)
His general was Abner, who was the son of Ner, Saul´s uncle. So Saul´s general was his nephew. Saul was on the lookout for good men, so when he saw a brave one, he enlisted them into his army.

Jonathon is not mentioned in from chapters 15 through 17. The next mention is at the beginning of chapter 18, which is after David´s victory over Goliath, the Dwarf. That was the first time that the Bible mentions that they saw each other in person.....

KJV 1 Samuel 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
KJV 1 Samuel 18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

We could say that it was love at first sight perhaps, but more importantly putting the two verses together, we see something different. Saul probably was not looking at how good it would be for his son Jonathon to have a good friend like David, but he was most likely looking out for his own interests. Here was another good warrior to add to his army. But God had other plans....

Jonathon and David made a covenant, an agreement, a commitment, because Jonathon loved David like his very own self. Jonathon stripped himself of his robe, gave it to David, his garments, his sword, bow and his girdle. What did Jonathon know about what was coming up in the future? How could he at this point?

Meanwhile, Saul, recognizing that a good man made him look good, put David in charge of many men. All the people, including Saul´s servants liked what was happening. But a storm was brewing...as we shall see. For when the victors came back from the victory over the Dwarf Goliath, this is what happened.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands...

It all started out fine, the king was coming back from his people´s victory through David, to meet the king who was at that point rejoicing in the deliverance, David was now one of his top lieutenants, the women were praising the name of Saul.........but wait, there was more to come.

...and David his ten thousands.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
KJV 1 Samuel 18:9 And Saul eyed David (suspiciously) from that day and forward.

This is a significant point in the life of Saul. He had started out by being placed as the first king of Israel, but had disobeyed the Lord, and now was trying to rule under his own wisdom and ability. Oh, for sure he was yet leading his people, seeking God´s direction, but the Lord was not speaking to hiim anymore through the priest. He did not know that he was blind, but now his true colors are revealed by the Scriptures as he is faced with the success of David, the praise of the people for David, and, looking at things through his selfish and self serving eyes, comes up wanting. His heart of selfishness now begins to reveal itself in jealousy. Once he loved the praises of the people when he was the only one being praised, but now that there was another and he was the lessor, he from that day on wanted to remove the threat to his kingdom. The jealousy quickly escalated to action as we see in this verse.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.
KJV 1 Samuel 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
KJV 1 Samuel 18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

David is back at Saul´s house playing the harp for him, as the evil spirit had come upon Saul again, and having a javelin in his hand, we here Saul say "I told himself that I will kill David by pinning to the wall with it." He did that twice. The Scripture says that Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.

Saul could not kill David, so he did something else. He sent him out of sight into the war arena where he could not be a threat to his popularity so that he, Saul, could go in and out in front of the people. Wow, what a lesson this is for me......How did David respond to being sent out of the spotlight and limelight?

KJV 1 Samuel 18:14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
KJV 1 Samuel 18:15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

He behaved wisely towards God in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. How did Saul respond to this? He was afraid, and we might say, even more afraid of him.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

David´s popularity was throughout the land, because he went out and came in before them. The difference between David and Saul is seen here in that Saul loved himself while the people loved David. David did not seek his feeling of security from people´s praises, but they were given anyway. He simply honored his position as a servant to the king, not lifting himself up to any other office that was not given to him by the king and thereby by the Lord. He honored the king and in so doing, honored God..

Saul, gripped by his jealous spirit, in what appeared outwardly good, offered David his oldest daughter for his wife if he would be brave for him and fight the Lord´s battles.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

The last sentence must be taken as Saul saying these things to himself and not out loud, and it betrays the mind set that had a hold of Saul. It still rings true today that the sinful flesh of man thinks that no one will do anything out of the kindness of their heart simply because it is the right thing to do. Saul would give something to David and David would be obligated to return something for what which he was given, and Saul would use this returned favor by David to set a trap so that David would be killed by the Philistines.

Wow, Saul will stop at nothing to feed his jealousy, for he will use even one of his own daughters to accomplish his goal of eliminating the threat to his popularity, to his power, and to his exclusive rule as King of Israel. God had rejected him, but he was not going to go down without a fight.

KJV 1 Samuel 18:18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?

David, a humble young man, asked some questions which reflected at this point in his life not only his humility before the Lord and before man, but also of the ignorance of the debase and sinful nature of fallen mankind. He did not see any sinister motives in Saul, even though Saul already had tried to kill him....Yes, he was a humble young man.. Wow.....

KJV 1 Samuel 18:19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

But Saul did not follow through, giving his oldest daughter Merab to another man.....Wow, that must have confused David....But Michal, the other daughter loved David...and Saul seized that opportunity....

20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.
21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.
22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's son in law.
23 And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king's son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?
24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.
25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son in law: and the days were not expired.
27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

Saul now used his servants, who loved David, to put forth a plan to get David to marry his daughter, Michal, but not before he would return with the dowry off of the bodies of the Philistines. David did so, but came back with twice as much as had been required by his future father in law. The last sentence of verse 27 simply says: And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife." His plan again had failed, as the Lord was with David, and Saul knew it.....it caused him to fear David and he became David´s enemy with no break in his enmity against the one who was a threat to everything he thought he was.....

28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter loved him.
29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually.
30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.

KJV 1 Samuel 19:1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.
2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:
3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.
4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:
5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?
6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.

When jealousy rules a man´s heart, even´s one family is not left out. We see already that Saul had used his daughter to try to kill David, unbeknownst to her, but now he tells Jonathon that they should kill David, and all this is happening in his own home. But Jonathon delighted in David and went to tell David of his father´s statement. Jonathon then went to reason with his father and Saul ¨hearkened unto the voice of Jonathon." But Saul's statement backed by a vow to God was not lived out...for the evil spirit came upon David as he played the harp for Saul.

8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.
9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.
10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.
11 Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David's wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow thou shalt be slain.

Saul, rather than thanking David for his leadership in winning the battle against the enemy, was threatened by his success, and so David was before him playing his harp in order to alleviate his morose mood. Saul again flung the spear at David in order to kill him. David got away, went to his house, but Saul now with no restraints on his efforts to kill David sets a watch up on David´s house for the night, intending to finish him off in the morning, But God is with David....and now Michal, Saul´s own daughter steps in to preserve the life of God´s anointed King of Israel, an action for which Saul railed against his own daughter. Michal was not intimidated by her father..

12 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.
13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.
14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.
15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.
16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.
17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?

David went to Samuel and poured out his heart, telling him all the things that Saul had done to him.

18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.

What relief this must have been for David, to flee to the arms of Samuel the aged Prophet of Israel. Samuel understood the outcome of all of this, for he had anointed David to be the next King of Israel, knowing that the Lord had rejected Saul and it was a matter of time before that which the Lord had decreed would come to pass. But David, running for his life was not able to see this as of yet, and so he fled to the refuge of the safety of the arms of Samuel, pouring out his heart unto Samuel. Can we not imagine the warm embrace of Samuel, the words of affirmation that he spoke to David as he carefully under the leading of the Holy Spirit spoke those words to David that he needed to hear on that day? Can we not imagine Samuel looking into the future as he held the fearful David, praying silently for David as he saw the workings of God in the life of David being as a school of preparation for the future King of Israel? Yes, I believe we can see this scene taking place in the home of the prophet. By faith, Samuel saw God´s promise fulfilled, but for David that vision was obscured at the moment. Samuel acted as a friend in need to David.

With one verse we are given a brief look into what David was feeling and experiencing, but then the text turns back to Saul, the jealous one.

19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.
20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

Saul went from pursuing David in his own house, to David´s house and now he goes to the place of the school of the prophets at Rama. His rage continues to drive him.....He first sent hhis messengers, God intervened, he sent more messengers, God intervened, he sent them the third time, and again God intervened. Finally he went himself, but before he even got there the Spirit of God was upon him and he went and prophesied until he ended up before Samuel, prophesying all day and night naked. That caused great confusion as ¨they¨asked the question: Is Saul also among the prophets? Let us never think that God cannot fulfil that which He promises and He will use whatever means He needs to use to fulfill His plans. Wow!!!

Now we are back to David again, for he is the object of the hunt, and once again we are given insight into the fear that he was experiencing...He had been with Samuel the prophet, now he came to his best friend to share his heart with him.

KJV 1 Samuel 20:1 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?
2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.
3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

In all simplicity, David asked the questions: What have I done? What is my sin? In what way have I sinned against your father? He opened himself up before his friend, whom he loved and with whom there was mutual care and concern. Jonathon, as Saul's son, still did not understand the depth of his father's insecurity and told David that his father would tell him if he was going to kill David. Jonathon was most likely thinking that what his father had told him after the last visit in the field, that David was safe, for Saul had sworn to his son that, As God liveth, David shall not die.. But Jonathon did not know his father's heart.

David disagreed with Jonathon, telling him that his father is shielding his son Jonathon from his true nature and he ,David, is going to be killed. Jonathon, a true friend, then stops the discussion and tells David that he will do whatever his friend wants him to do in this precarious situation. Together they hatch up a plan by which the true person that Saul is will be brought forth.. It is kind of like drawing Saul out into the open in order that he would tip his real hand. Let us proceed and see how this works out....Jonathon is walking a difficult road here, in keeping with honoring his father but also doing that which is right as has been put into his heart to do by the Lord.

4 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.
5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even.
6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.
7 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him.

The first test was to see how Saul would react to David´s prolonged absence at the table in which he would normally be present. How would Sau react?

8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?
9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?

David then again opens his heart in honesty to Jonathon, asking him to tell him if there is something that he has done against the Lord. Jonathon does not directly address this, but assures David that he will not hide anything that he thinks that his father is planning to do against David. Then David wonders aloud as to how the reaction of Saul will be communicated to him without anyone being aware of the message being sent out. David here illustrates the principal of how friends share in their approach together in working out solutions to life's predicaments. David asks a question and wants to have Jonathon's valuable input. Together they work it out.. David does not do all the thinking and talking, but together they work it out...Jonathon comes through....

10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee roughly?
11 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the field. And they went out both of them into the field.
12 And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee, and shew it thee;
13 The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be with thee, as he hath been with my father.

Jonathon and David go out into the field, and Jonathon begins to lay out the plan. Speaking before the Lord God of Israel, he says that he will on the stake of his life let David know how things went after the fact. If Saul has good heart toward David, that will be well and that would be the best scenario possible. Jonathon tells David that I will let you know if my father is favorable towards you. "But if he is not, and we have to separate, let it be known that the Lord will be with you as he has been with his father." Was Jonathon seeing the future King of Israel in this last statement? Jonathon not only looked to the future reality of David being King of Israel, but he showed the love and care for his own family through the next words that he spoke to David, his friend. For Jonathon knew full well that when the kingship changed that customarily all of the family of the former king were put to death. So he pleads not only for his own life, but for the lives of his future descendants.

14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:
15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.
16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies.
17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Jonathon then spoke of the practical way that the decision would be shown do David who would be hiding in the woods waiting.....

18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.
19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.
20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark.
21 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.
22 But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.
23 And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.
24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.

That having been arranged, David hiding out in the woods, Jonathon finds himself sitting at the table....David´s seat was empty. The first day things went fine, but on the second, Saul´s true colors come out.....

25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was empty.
26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.
27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David's place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?
28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem:
29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king's table.

Now Jonathon is going to see his father in a way that he has never seen him before.
30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?
31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.

Vers. 30, 31.?Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman. Literally, thou son of one perverse in rebellion. In the East it is the greatest possible insult to a man to call his mother names; but the word rendered perverse, instead of being a feminine adjective, is probably an abstract noun, and son of perversity of rebellion would mean one who was thoroughly perverse in his resistance to his fathers will. Unto the confusion of thy mothers nakedness. I. e. thy mother will feel ashamed and disgraced at having borne such a son

Saul, not accepting his rejection by the Lord due to his disobedience falsely reasons with his son after berating him in the worst possible manner, telling him that he has rejected his parents and in so doing has brought shame upon them. He tries to subvert what God has ordained, telling his son that his future reign as the King of Israel lies in the balance here. How does Jonathon react to this berating?

32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?

He sticks up for Jonathon, looking past his father´s false and angry reasoning, asking him for real reasons as to why Saul is so angry. His very own father now threatens to kill his own son.

33 And Saul cast a javelin (brandished, threatended) at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.
34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.

Saul, in his blind and murderous rage, threatens to kill his own son, the very one just moments before he had told that the future of his reign as King of Israel laid in the balance. His own father had told him that in his support for David he had shamed his parents, but Jonathon now sees clearly for the first time where the real shame lies: In his father's disobedience to the Lord which resulted in his rejection of king which was now being acted out through his murderouse rage which was fueled by his jealousy of David. In the blindness of jealousy, one only sees through their own darkened eyes. The plan and purpose of the Lord is hidden from those eyes, and the ensuing jealousy drives one to all ends in order to wipe out those who appear to be in the way of their human aspirations. Wow....

Jonathon, like a true friend, was angry for the honor of his friend who had been shamed by his very own father. His father had blindly accused David of being worthy of death for no other reason than that he was the one who stood in his way of continuing to be the king.

Jonathon spent the night, most likely grieving for his wayward father and sorrowing for the imminent separation from his best friend, and in the morning went out to reveal the sign that David was waiting for....

35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.
36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?
38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.
39 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.

David waiting in the woods, saw the arrows drop, heard the exchange between Jonathon and the lad, and knew that things had not gone well. As soon as it was safe, he ran to his dear friend Jonathon, giving him proper respect as a prince, but then set that aside and they found themselves kissing each other, weeping with each other until David was overcome in grief. They would have separate from one another......

41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.
42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.

In their last meeting on earth, Jonathon again brought encouragement to his friend, speaking to him of the fulfillment of the promises of God into David´s life.

1 Samuel 23:15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.
18 And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.

The end of Jonathon´s life on earth came on the battle field, on which his father was also present. Here is the account of this day in which both Saul and his son Jonathon fell in battle. Jonathon had been able to find the right balance between honoring his parents and honoring God, being careful not to put the honoring of parents over the honoring of God when it came to the purposes and ways of the Lord.

KJV 1 Samuel 31:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons.
3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.
4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

How did David respond to the death of the one who was out to kill him and to the death of his best friend?

2 Samuel 1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:
18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.
22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.
23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

Jonathon was a true friend to David, in that even though he was heir apparent to the throne, he knew that the Lord had ordained his friend to be the successor to his father. He yielded his will to ´the will of the Lord and allowed himself to be used to protect David, to support David and asked the favor be showed to him and his ancestors by David when he was the King of Israel. He understood and accepted his role in the plans of the Lord.

Further reading of the Scriptures will reveal as to when and where David honored the commitment that was made between Jonathon and himself concerning David fulfilling his promises to the the house of Saul and Jonathon.

May the Holy Spirit give us revelation, understanding and direction as we consider the life of one of God's servants, Jonathon. From his youth, he understood that the Lord will preserve his seed, whether by great or by small. Through the study of the life of Jonathon, one can see into the future, to the day when Christ walked among men here on earth, humbling Himself, having compassion on the hungry, interceding for the fearful, pleading for the future generations and so on. Jonathon understood who God was, walked in His ways, and yielded his life to the One who was his all in all.

May the Lord bless our reading and meditation in His Word now and until the day when faith becomes sight. In the meantime, let us walk by faith, live in hope and serve in love even as Jonathon, the servant friend of David did so.

Your friend in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 22 Jul 2012 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
David and the Dwarf 7/15/2012
Dearly beloved in Christ,

Last week we heard that ¨strength is made perfect in weakness.¨ In order to better understand what that means in our everyday lives, today we are going to see how this was lived out in the life of David, who though being a young lad with only a sling, killed 9 foot tall Goliath, the champion of the Philistines.

How was it possible that David was able to accomplish that which he did? How did he dare go out to meet the enemy who had been taunting Israel day and night for 40 days? What/Who was he fighting for?

Those are the questions that are in our minds as we consider the account of this lad whose early life is described in the previous chapter, with six characteristics listed. Let us read what is written about David´s early life.

NAU 1 Samuel 16:18 Then one of the young men said, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the LORD is with him."

As we consider the faith of David as seen in this historical happening, may we be reminded to not look upon our smallness, to not look upon the swords and spears of our enemies, to not listen to their words of haughty rebuke, but to look only on the Living God. The battle is His and He has overcome all enemies through His victory on the cross.

Lord, I ask that this message be brought to assure, encourage and direct young people into the world that they are entering into, so that they will not be pulled into thinking that they are made for this world, but that you have made them for you and your kingdom.

The Scene
KJV 1 Samuel 17:1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

Goliath Comes Forth
4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

Goliath Challenges Israel
8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

Saul and Israel's Response
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

David and His Brothers
12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.

David in His Father´s House
15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;
18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.

Meanwhile on The Battlefield
19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

David Comes Into The Scene
20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.
22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.

David, wondering if he heard right, asks two questions
26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

David in a way repeats the question, but corrects the statement. Instead of saying "defy the armies of Israel, David says, the armies of the living God.. He is saying it like this: WHO is this uncircumcised Philistine, (not of the promise of Israel) that he would dare to defy the armies of the living God? Who does he think he is anyway? Speaking from a place of faith, David in so many words is saying, How absurd to do such a thing, "A dwarf going up against the living God????"

His oldest brother ridicules David
28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled (burned) against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

Instead of giving David a hug, instead of asking about their father, he met him with anger; instead of admitting that David was in the right, he attacked David. Elias was afraid of Goliath, and in this fear, he went on the attack. When we are wrong we need someone to tell us so, but often times in those times, we go on the attack against those who want to help us see things rightly.

Elias is jealous for himself, David is jealous for the glory and honor of the LORD. He haughtily accused him of leaving a "few" sheep, acting like he knows what is in his brother's heart. He tells him that he did not come down to be in the battle, but to simply watch the battle. What battle is Elias talking about? There is no battle going on? They are sitting on the sidelines in fear.

David Responds to His Brother
29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? (Can't I even talk)?
30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed (repeated) them before Saul: and he sent for him.

David Before Saul
32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

At first it seems kind of presumptuous for David to say what he did in verse 32. Don't fear, your servant will go and fight this Philistine. Saul must have been astounded at David's bravado, but he then spoke as to how he saw it. He said in so many words, ˙ou cannot be serious, can you? Saul's response was right on according to human wisdom, and who could fault him. But Saul had quit listening to the voice of His LORD and had been reduced to one who sees only through the eyes and abilities of man. Saul had lost confidence in God, and had confidence only in man and his strength. He speaks now in a man centered way. Saul saw Goliath as a huge giant, while David saw Goliath as a dwarf.

David Reveals His Trust In God
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

David reveals to Saul of the past deliverance and of future deliverance. David does not respond to Saul´s assertion that he is just a little shepherd boy, for he remembered God´s provision for him in his past. Because the Lord was faithful in the past, He is being faithful in the present and will be in the future. David had a good memory and he brings it forward in sound thinking. God is no different in the past, present or in the future. What is at stake here is God´s name. Faith is like a fuselage of an airplane, memory is one wing and logic is the other wing. Consider the following verse from Proverbs.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

We are not told not to use our insight, but we are not to rely on our insight. We bring these things into who God is and how He has revealed Himself throughout history If we did not have God in the past, how would we make application in the present and the future. Therefore, our memory and our logic is important for us to be able to rightly look at our present and to look to the future.

Keeping of a journal can help us to keep going when the days are more difficult. Through those recorded happenings, we can logically think that the same God who was with us in the past will be with us today and will be with us in the future. Our emotions, attitude and feelings vary so much that we can be lost in despair if we only rely on our feelings of the moment and do not have our past memories of recall to fall back on.

David remembered the faithfulness of God in the past in his life and he looked on the present Goliath as a dwarf!!!

Saul Grudgingly Yields to David´s Faith But Conditionally
38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

Saul put his armour on David, putting a helmet on him, along with a coat of mail, and David took the sword, but soon said, "This will not work." How can someone else's experience be ours? We can learn from others, but we must go through our own trials in order to be properly "fitted" to serve the Lord in the manner that He wants us to. We cannot simply copy someone whom we think is the proper model, other than, of course, Jesus Christ, somehow thinking that we will succeed because they succeeded. We need to be ourselves, molded and fashioned after Jesus Christ through following Him.
David put off the armor, took five stones out of the brook, put them into his shepherds bag and drew near the Philistine, seeing the Philistine as a dwarf.

To those watching, it must have looked absolutely foolish. They saw a confident, arrogant and fully armed Goliath being approached by a miniature, unarmed foolish young man. They waited in trepidation, dread, fear......

The Showdown Nears
41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? (sticks, shepherds staff) And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Goliath now approached David, and true to his being, looked with disdain upon this joke of a challenge. He was offended that David would be so brazen to approach him like he was a dog. He cursed David by the only gods he knew, the false gods. He invited David to keep coming so that he could kill him and make him food for the birds and animals. But wow was this dwarf in for a surprise!!!!

Faith Sees As God Sees
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.

David, seeing the dwarf nearing him, told him that it was not like the dwarf thought in his mind. Goliath thought he was so big and intimidating that David would wilt in front of him when he got close, but he was so wrong. David, being full of faith, looked at the nearing showdown in a totally different manner: David looked at the giant as a dwarf. He turned the tables on the dwarf, pointing out to him that he was coming in his own strength, but that he (David0 was coming in the name of the Lord of Hosts, who is the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied! He went onto tell the dwarf that instead of David being meat for the animals, he, the dwarf will be animal food. He then tells the dwarf that through this victory of faith that all of the earth will know that there is a God in Israel and that those present will know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear: for it is His battle and He will give you (dwarf) into our hands. Note that David does not say my hands, but he uses the plural, for he understood that he was representing all of Israel, the children of the Living God of Israel!

Faith Runs To The Challenge
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

The biblical writer now describes Goliath simply as the Philistine, saying that he arose and came to meet David. Evidently he was sitting down, most likely laughing arrogantly, playing with David like a lion will play with its prey before killing it. The Philistine arose as David approached, drew closer to David.and what did David do? He ran towards the dwarf, not away from the giant. He then took out his sling, put a stone in it, slang it around his head, and let loose of the stone into the forehead of the dwarf, who fell.... To David, Goliath was go big that he could not miss him. Then taking Goliath's sword, he made sure that Goliath was indeed death.. Upon seeing their champion dead, the armies of Philistia ran away.

This account has been familiar to many of us since our youth, for it is one of the foundational Bible stories that we hear and read about in our childhood. There are many applications, many of which we have interpersed through the text with our explanations, interpretations and comments. There is one more that I would like to leave for our consideration as we close this time together. Please consider the following.....

In the beginning of this writing, we made mention that we desired to use this part of the life of David to illustrate of what it means that strength is made perfect in weakness. What that means it that we rely entirely on God's provision for our protection, our deliverance and our victory in, over and through all things. David, remembering the deliverance of the God of his past, continued to trust in the God of the present, and therefore he trusted in the God of the future. Logic told David that since God was the same yesterday, today and forever, by faith He could expect deliverance in this battle. He looked upon the giant as a dwarf, for he saw through the eyes of God. To those watching, it was the opposite, For instead of seeing the faith of David running up to the dwarf, they saw a foolish boy running to certain death by a giant.

Now, let us allow our minds to move ahead in time to a scene of a bloody, bruised man, being led up a hill outside of Jerusalem, to a place where he would be nailed to a tree, where he would be mocked, and laughed at. Consider how foolish this looked to those who did not understand what was going on. They must have thought that this is crazy...
This man Jesus who had turned the religious world upside down, had challenged the church leaders, had spoken directly against their ways of honoring the God of Israel, now was meekly throwing in the towel, apparently admitting defeat by allowing himself to be led to be killed on a cross like any other common criminal. But wait, is what they are seeing and concluding correct?

In a way, it is....For they are seeing the greatest power being exhibited in that God through His weakness reveals His greatest strength and power. In allowing himself to be delivered for our offenses, He is making provision for our reconciliation back to himself. The watchers did not understand it at that time, but some of them did later. The world, the devil and our flesh that watched that day must have rejoiced that they had killed the One who made them feel guilty, made them feel unclean, made them defensive, but they were mistaken. He died yes, but He arose from the dead.......

What really happened was that which God had promised in the book of Genesis:

KJV Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

He spoke of the future arrival of Christ to earth, to the day when He would in apparent weakness lay down his life so that we would die with Him and be raised with Him to life.

David, slaying Goliath, can be likened unto that which Jesus accomplished thorugh apparent weakness in that he meekly went to the cross to lay down his life, and in so doing cut off the head of Satan. He is defeated forever more, Today as we celebrate this victory of Christ Jesus through the cross and resurrection, may we use the same logic that David did as we come before His table in victory and joy. May we remember our past deliverance through Him, may we rejoice in the peace that we enjoy in Hiim today and may we proclaim His/our victory at the cross until He comes again!

In His victory we rest,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 15 Jul 2012 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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