August 13, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 19:8-20:42


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SAA Notes

The story of Jonathan and David’s friendship reminds you of Jesus’ with the beloved disciple. John records Jesus’ words: I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15. How do I count my friendship with the Son of David?

SJA Notes

* Holy God, please be gracious to us and bless us, please make Your face to shine upon us.

“And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.”

Saul tries to kill David again with a spear.

Michal loved David, and deceives her father for David. But even here there are breadcrumbs to her spiritual state, using a household god as a dummy.

Saul’s character and heart continues to be revealed as a rotten core of anger, frustration, bitterness.

Saul tries to kill his own son.

Jonathan, a faithful and loving character, kind and generous. His heart is knit with David’s, his trust in the Lord rock-solid.

Jonathan is such an important element of today’s passage. It is his mediation that is at the crux.

These characters help us see what life is like with, and without, the Lord. They help us see consequence and responsibility.

How good it is for us that Jesus is a mediator whose work was entirely and completely successful – there is no time limit on His work!

Jesus mediated not between a man and a man, but between God and His people.

In Jesus we see God keeping both sides of His covenant with us, in an act of love that is without precedent.

What a wonderful King we have, a loving God, faithfulness unending, steadfast love that never fails.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Gracious Lord God,

Thank You for saving us through Your work at the cross and in the grave and on the third day.

Thank You that Your love is steadfast and Your faithfulness is without end.

Thank You Lord!


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