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3/20/2014

Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 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. 1Sam. 18:1-4 (NKJV)

There is a story in the Old Testament about King Saul, his son Jonathan, and young shepherd named David.  The context of the story is that David had just defeated a giant by the name of Goliath at the Valley of Elah, where the men of Israel were at battle with the Philistine army.  Upon David’s victory over Goliath he had been taken back to meet King Saul of Israel, where the King asked David, “Whose son are you, young man?”  So David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite” (1Sam. 17:58). 

Upon hearing David’s answer, King Saul chose to make David one of his own possessions—we’re told, “Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore” (1Sam. 18:3).  We then see how Saul’s son Jonathan reacted to David’s success on the battlefield in an entirely different manner—we’re told, “…the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul,” and that “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” (1Sam. 18:1, 4). 

We can see King Saul coveted David, and desired to take him for himself, while Jonathan loved David and desired to give to him.  Saul soon became jealous of David’s success and popularity and wanted to murder him, while Jonathan was truly happy for what God was doing through David and wanted to see him blessed by God all the more. 

2-different men with 2-different reactions—one was a taker, and the other was a giver.  King Saul was a taker, and would do whatever he could to better his own life, even at the expense of others.  While Jonathan was a giver, willing to even give David his very own royal robe—a robe signifying his rightful inheritance to the throne.  Saul displayed the fruit of Satan, as his pride would lead to his own destruction, whereas Jonathan displayed the fruit of God, as his humility would lead to an abundant life. 

The way I see it, each of us has an opportunity every day to be either a type of Saul or Jonathan.  There will be many opportunities to either give to others those things God has graciously given to us, or we can mistakenly take these possessions, talents and abilities for our own, and selfishly keep them to ourselves.  Our flesh seems to have a propensity to want to take, while the Spirit of God in us desires to give—we must choose which desire we will follow.  

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. Luke 6:45 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today—let’s seek the Lord in every decision we make, because apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 6:45, what can we learn about our actions?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is it your heart to give to others graciously, those things God has graciously entrusted to you?

PERSONAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord for His leading when given opportunity to share with others.

LET’ S PRAY: Father, we thank You for every provision, talent, ability, and gift You have given to us.  Help us to use these provisions for Kingdom purposes, and remind us of Your truth when we are tempted to take rather than give.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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