“Brought Into A Covenant of the Lord”
David had just confided with Jonathan.
David feared for his life.
He knew that Saul was after him.
Jonathan was yet to be convinced that evil was planned by his father.
So, they developed a plan.
Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.”
So David said to Jonathan, “Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I ought to sit down to eat with the king. But let me go, that I may hide myself in the field until the third evening.
“If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to run to Bethlehem his city, because it is the yearly sacrifice there for the whole family.’
“If he says, ‘It is good,’ your servant will be safe;
but if he is very angry, know that he has decided on evil.
“Therefore deal kindly with your servant,
for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you.
But if there is iniquity in me, put me to death yourself;
for why then should you bring me to your father?”
Jonathan said, “Far be it from you!
For if I should indeed learn that evil has been decided by my father to come upon you,
then would I not tell you about it?”
Then David said to Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?”
Jonathan said to David, “Come, and let us go out into the field.”
So both of them went out to the field.
You read the plan.
The detail is interesting.
We learn that Jonathan had “brought your servant (David) into a covenant of the Lord with you.”
This is interesting.
David considered himself to be a servant of Jonathan and of the crown.
David knew that he had been anointed king.
David knew what Jonathan had done earlier.
This is what we saw when Jonathan place his wardrobe and weapons upon David.
Jonathan was transferring his right to be king upon David.
Jonathan initiated a covenant relationship.
Because of this, David told Jonathan that if evil was found in him (David) and if the king determined to bring evil upon David, then Jonathan should just kill David.
Thereby restoring Jonathan’s position.
Thereby executing what the king desired.
Jonathan exclaimed “far be it from you!”
If evil was discovered, he would tell David.
Here we see two righteous servants of the Lord seeking to do right in the midst of evil.
May we do likewise….to be continued…
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“Father in Me”
Ok, so I was wrong.
One more side-bar from David.
Thirty years ago today my dad stepped into glory.
Many locally knew him.
Many know him now.
When we know someone, we know them…whether past or present.
He was/is a Godly man beyond reproach full of the Power and Presence of the Lord.
He was/is a faithful son.
He was/is father of four sons.
He was/is the faithful husband of one wife.
Though he has been among the great cloud of witness for three decades, his life carries on.
Through his family.
Through his friends.
Through everyone that encountered him.
Therefore, we do not say he “was” but rather he “is”.
Though we have been separated for a period of time, the time is drawing near when we will be reunited.
In the Presence of the Most High God.
This past Sunday I received one of the more encouraging words of my life.
A co-worker/friend of my father told me that “you sound just like him, you talk like him, you teach like him”, etc.
Why is that?
Because we have the same Father.
May we do as my dad did.
May we run the race.
May we press on.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,
let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
May we reflect Father God in the same way that we reflect our earthly fathers.
Do people see Father in us?
Love this Paul Overstreet song…
Seein’ My Father in Me
The first full day of spring.
A beginning again.
The Lord wants to grant such to us.
One more “side-bar” before we return to David.
The Word tells us…
and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?”
And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF'?”
Jesus is quoting the first part of Psalm 8…
For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David.
O LORD, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
Jesus is telling us to give heed to what comes out of the mouth of the young.
They hear things…
They know things…
They do things…
…that we have long ago quenched.
As mentioned yesterday, consider Max.
This past Sunday as we gathered for corporate worship, the band was playing music just prior to the “starting time” (should we really “start/stop” worship?).
We were not playing any particular song, just playing.
I began to sing a couple of phrases.
Just vocal petitions to the Most High to “come”.
Yes, He is there already.
Yes, He never leaves us.
I was simply asking that He would be present in might and power.
I was simply stating that we were ready to receive, etc.
So, from time to time over a 3-4 minute period I would sing “Come, Lord”.
Suddenly I heard laughter.
Loud laughter from the gathering.
Loud, sustained, “sorta-inappropriate-for-the-moment” laughter.
I turned my head to see what was occurring.
At that moment I saw Max.
A two-year old boy with Downs Syndrome.
A little bundle of energy and joy.
His mom was scooping him up.
He was “rushing the stage” where we were playing/singing/worshipping.
I chuckled at what the Lord was doing.
He heard “come”.
Oh that we would respond with joyful abandon when the Lord says “Come”.
Oh that we would respond as Max, completely uninhibited when the Lord says “Go”.
The Lord is speaking through the children.
The Lord is speaking through His Word.
The Lord is speaking through the Spirit.
The Lord is speaking through His Body.
The Lord is speaking through creation.
Are we listening?
“Comfort In the Midst of Hail”
A little sidebar for today.
Locally, we had some serious storms blow through last evening.
Hail the size I had never seen before…softball/grapefruit and larger.
Really messed up our youngest daughter’s car…and several hundred others as well as businesses, etc.
Makes one consider…
If 2-3 lb hailstones can cause such damage.
And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail,
because its plague was extremely severe.
Such events can be frightening, especially for children (and adults?).
Our local grandson, seven, was scared. Had his helmet on (actually one of my motorcycle helmets).
The initial wave had passed, so we came out of basement into living room.
He was still scared.
He grabbed one of his Bible-story books and brought it to me saying, “read this to me. It makes me feel better”.
“Read this to me. It makes me feel better.”
The Word is comfort in all things.
Remember the word to Your servant,
In which You have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.
The Lord and His Word is our comfort, our strength.
May we have the faith of the child.
Wait until I tell you about Max…tomorrow…
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“But A Step Between Me and Death”
Saul pursued David.
The Spirit of the Lord fell upon Saul.
He prophesied before Samuel.
What happens next?
He runs to Jonathan.
David wanted to know what was happening.
He wanted to know why.
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?”
He said to him, “Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”
David wanted to know…
- What have I done?
- What is my iniquity?
- What is my sin before Saul?
- Why is Saul seeking my life?
Jonathan did not believe.
He sought to comfort David by telling him that he would not die.
He told David that his father, Saul, did nothing without telling him.
Yet, Jonathan did not know.
Saul had sought to spear David.
Saul had sent messengers to bring David back, presumably to harm.
David was concerned.
Jonathan was clueless.
David then said…
Yet David vowed again, saying,
“Your father knows well that I have found favor in your sight, and he has said,
‘Do not let Jonathan know this, or he will be grieved.’
But truly as the LORD lives and as your soul lives,
there is hardly a step between me and death.”
David was correct.
Jonathan began to see it was possible.
David was in trouble.
Death was near.
They developed a plan…as we will see…