1 Samuel 18: 1-4 New International Version (NIV)
18 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.4 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.
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
We count it as TRUE JOY to be part of the greatest love story ever told. As God reaches into our innermost being to stir us to drink from His cup and feel His very heartbeat, He woos us into Himself to experience intimacy. An intimacy that was sealed with the cross as its covenant.
This love story, however, does not have an end; it began as a Virgin birth, continued with the death on a cross for our sins, and goes on forever as God continues to pursue us until His return. As we experience this magnificent love of Yahweh, He increases that love to overflow for each other. (1 Thessalonians 3:12) A love that draws us near to one another in intimate connection filled with hope and vision. We see this demonstrated in the friendship of Jonathan and David. This part of the love story begins with the threat of David’s death by Saul, and leads to the fulfillment of a promise.
The friendship between David and Jonathan was a covenanted relationship. In 1 Samuel, we read of David and Jonathan forming an agreement. Jonathan would be David’s second in command, and David was to protect Jonathan’s family. Jonathan and David were more than brothers-in-law. Scripture tells us that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David. (1 Samuel 18:1) The word “knit” means to “become one.” Think about that for a moment. God created us to be knitted together by a revelation that is higher and more powerful than any relationship we form on our own, or any offense that threatens to keep us in bondage to one another.
As I have been praying and seeking to honor Him through the revelation of His word, the overwhelming truth that brings about a desire to increase HIS love in me to OVERFLOWING, is that God Himself, through Holy Spirit, sculpts and molds our relationships as part of HIS plan, and for HIS glory! God chose David to be His future king. He sent Jonathan to sustain David and ultimately deliver him to the throne. Their friendship was, perhaps, one that would be unlikely in our humanness. Yet, Jonathan “loved David as His own soul.” God brings us into relationship with one another for affirmation of His word and so that through us, He will receive glory.
“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.”
Perhaps the most profound act of intimacy that can be experienced in our relationships with one another is illustrated in this simple act. Jonathan removed his robe and all of his garments and gave them to David. Jonathan could have been Saul’s rightful heir, yet his desire to uphold the name and sovereignty of God was more important than his own fame. Just as the son who was living a prodigal life was adorned with a robe by his father, so was the robe placed on David to represent his future inheritance. Jonathan could have been filled with jealousy, but because of the love of the Father, he was filled with admiration for his friend. This act bears witness to our God. The friendship between Jonathan and David illustrates how Jesus would later strip Himself to clothe us, and clothe Himself in our rags. We are His gifts to one another, one in spirit, to love as ourselves.
God, you have commanded that we love one another. We declare manifestation of this in our day. As a church body, we embrace the relationships that You have ordained and knitted together. We declare that as You draw us closer to You, we will draw closer to one another. We are members of the body of Christ, saints, and united with you, Jesus, in mind and spirit. Draw us into relationships so that Your will shall be done. Give us eyes free from spiritual blindness, and help us to see one another the way that You see us. Father, we declare that our relationships will bring You honor and glory, and as we welcome You into our innermost being, we will see occurrences of wonders and miracles on Earth as it is in Heaven, in the precious name of Jesus.