First Samuel 18 Commentary.
You can tell the character of a man by the company he keeps, so goes the saying. Jonathan’s genuine love for David says a lot about the character of the man. He loved the courage and faith of David because he himself was courageous and full of faith. We remember how he single-handedly attacked a Philistine outpost and killed 20 men. The LORD honored his faith and brought about a great victory.
Throughout the reign of Saul, Jonathan is a lone voice of reason.
Like attracts like, so goes another saying. So Jonathan’s attachment to David (the anointing) sharply contrasts with King Saul’s hatred for David. It is expected but the intensity of it is shocking.
The chapter highlights the polarized world of righteousness and evil. Evil is out to fight the anointing. Behind the human characters are spiritual forces at play. While the Spirit is achieving victories through David for the nation, principalities are forcefully scheming fatal harm for David. David is not the target but what David has. Saints who find themselves under attack, which like every other day for every saint, must learn to step aside and let the owner of the battle handle it. Evil is fighting what is inside of you.
With hindsight, we can tell that Saul was never going to kill David, regardless of the tools deployed. With faith, the saint may want to understand that the enemy is defeated already and the saint is indestructible. The tents in which man lives may suffer here and there, but the occupants of those tents will always live on. And at some point, the LORD Jesus will provide, for the saints, tents that will never experience tempering.
So for now the battle of the gods ranges on. We know who the winner eventually is. But the evil spirits do not know when they are bitten. From direct violence to dangerous assignments and marriage, the enemy has many means to try and bring down David.
But the LORD provides for David. In addition to numerous escapes is a set of gifts from the prince, Jonathan. The heir to the throne gives David his robe, sword, bow, and belt. It actually feels like Jonathan passes on the throne to David. And he is just very happy to do it. Jonathan’s spirit is the rarest of jewels.
Such is the working of the LORD that no night is ever too long. There are always moments of refreshing, the showers of blessings that keep your spirit alive even in the valley of death. So David lives on to feature in the next chapter. If you are in the midst of the valley of death, battered and threatened, know that the anointing is still with you. It is well, to the glory of God.
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