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1 Samuel 18:1, “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.”
By this time, Samuel had anointed David as the second king of Israel and while Saul doesn’t know it, the Spirit of the Lord that departed from Saul (1 Sam 16:14) had “fallen powerfully upon David,” (1 Sam 16:12-13). Eventually, David’s killing of Goliath (1 Sam 17:48-51) sparks Saul’s curiosity and his interest in David begins to grow (v 48-51; 55-58). As 1 Samuel 18 begins, it appears that Saul and David spoke at length at which time Saul’s son, Jonathan becomes spiritually connected with David ultimately resulting in a friendship between the two.
1 Samuel 18:3-4, “And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.”
Here, Jonathan is giving David his robe which is a physical representation of what was already done in the spirit, God selecting David to be the next anointed king. Remember, Saul is the king of Israel which makes Jonathan next in line to the throne. However, Jonathan presents David with his royal possessions signifying that David is due the same honor and respect. Although Jonathan didn’t recognize the meaning of his actions, it was later revealed to him (1 Sam 23:17) that David would be the next king of Israel.
Our actions and behaviors are divinely orchestrated by the will of God. Be it good or bad, He positions people in our lives to accomplish His will. God uses people to help us and that help could be a source of joy, pain, or both. Yet there is no relationship or interaction with others that God will not use to benefit us or for our spiritual growth.
Dear God, in the order of Jonathan, I pray that the people that come into our lives that their actions and behaviors towards us are aligned with Your purpose and destiny for our lives.
In Jesus Name