March 24th

1 Samuel 18-20

  • 18:1-4 – Jonathan was Saul’s son but became David’s best friend. Theirs is one of the greatest stories of friendship in all of Scripture. It’s sort of the original bromance.
  • 18:7-9 – David’s success pleased Saul until it threatened his own.
  • 18:10-11 – The first, but not last, time Saul tries to injure or kill David.
  • 18:16 – David “went out and came in before them” meaning he lead them in battle. He did not hide behind, but lead them with courage. This built trust and affection for him.
  • 18:20-29 – Saul thought that he could set David up for failure and possibly death by sending him to battle Philistines in order to win his daughter as a wife. Instead, David succeeded in the mission and received Saul’s daughter as a wife.
  • 19:1-7 – Jonathan took a large risk in speaking favorably about David to Saul, his father. Saul had tried to injure and kill David previously.
  • 19:8-10 – David’s favor with Saul was short-lived and he was forced to flee again when Saul tried to injure him again.
  • 20:1-23 – Once again, Jonathan puts himself at risk to act as a go-between for David and Saul. David feared attending Saul’s dinner because Saul most likely wanted to harm him so Jonathan would feel out his father. Note that Jonathan makes a covenant with David here so that David won’t destroy all of Jonathan’s family. This becomes significant later.
  • 20:41-42 – Jonathan and David were grieved that they would no longer get to see each other since Saul confirmed that he wanted to kill David. David had to flee, but they agreed that they would remain friends.

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