When one thinks about powerful friendships of the Bibleâ€”the kindred spirits, the three Amigos, Butch and Sundance type deals, etc. â€” youâ€™re hard-pressed to come up with a better example of XTreme friendship then that of David and Jonathan. So closely knit were these two friends, that, sadly, the homosexual community often tries to point to their friendship as, â€œmore than friends.â€ One reason for this may very well have to do with the fact that this kind of love and deep friendship between two men (without having anything to do with physical attraction) is so rare. It was rare back then, without all the paranoia about what people might think, itâ€™s even more rare today because there is such paranoia. Letâ€™s take a look at what scripture says here.
Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that (1) the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and (2) Jonathan loved him as himself.
2 Saul took him that day and (3) did not let him return to his father’s house.
3 Then (4) Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. I Samuel 18:1-3
Itâ€™s sad that some can read into a text like this what they wish rather than what the Lord clearly intended. And what was intended? Read it again in the New Living Translation,
After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond of love between them, and they became the best of friends. 2From that day on Saul kept David with him at the palace and wouldn’t let him return home. 3And Jonathan made a special vow to be David’s friend, and now in, â€œThe Message,â€ By the time David had finished reporting to Saul, Jonathan was deeply impressed with David–an immediate bond was forged between them. He became totally committed to David. From that point on he would be David’s number-one advocate and friend. 2Saul received David into his own household that day, no more to return to the home of his father.
3Jonathan, out of his deep love for David, made a covenant with him.
People have a hard time seeing the possibility of such loyalty and dedication between two individuals unless they are in love. But, this is precisely the kind of friendship and love that Christ encourages us to have for our brothers in Christ. And weâ€™re to have it without seeking anything in return.
Jonathan is perhaps the most shining example of love and dedication to a friend found in the entire Bible. And this loyalty didnâ€™t come cheap. He paid a huge price for his friendship with David on a number of fronts. Letâ€™s take a look at all Jonathan gave up for this friendship.
First, Jonathan wasnâ€™t simply one of Davidâ€™s childhood friends from the hood. He was the son of
Can you see this happening today?
Have you ever even heard of this happening?
Even a cursory study of the empire of
But it gets even better.
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Check back in the next day or so as we continue exploring friendship and what it really means.