Friday, 9th April 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One: V1-16 What is David’s Love?
David ran away from Samuel’s place and went back to Jonathan. A lot of time we are unwilling to hide in God’s protection, instead we run away to where we feel secure. David ran back to Jonathan, because he sought the love and support of human.
We can see that Saul loved Jonathan that he told Jonathan everything and gave Jonathan a sword to fight with. But Jonathan chose to support David, who was able to take away Saul’s kingship. Jonathan did not honour Saul in front of David.
Furthermore, Jonathan promised David that he would do everything for him, David looked at Jonathan more than he looked at God; Jonathan became David’s idol. This is often how we fall, we look at people more than we should. Jonathan was not loyal to his family but David chose to rely on him. What David loved was the love of human and authority of the world. He left Samuel’s place and chose to rely on Jonathan.
Section Two: V17-23 What is Jonathan’s Love?
Jonathan loved David, because David was bold to do many things Jonathan could not do. In front of Goliath, David was able to kill the giant without any armour offered by Saul. It’s easy for us to see a person but not the God behind the person.
What Jonathan loved was actually himself, because of his limited ability and authority, a lot of things Jonathan could not do, which David was able to do. Therefore Jonathan chose to betray his family and the father, Saul. The love of Jonathan betrayed the one, who loved him and who he should submit to.
Section Three: V24-42 What is Saul’s Love?
David and Jonathan did whatever they pleased, and Saul was angry at Jonathan. Saul knew how Jonathan was helping David, but because of his spoiling love for his son, he did not guide his son and give him the right teaching. God wants us to stand in the right position.
Moreover, Saul loved the power and position he held, that’s why he wanted to kill David with all costs. He was afraid of David taking over his kingship, because he could not let go of what he loved and held onto. Do we also have this spoiling love for our children?
For David, for Jonathan and for Saul, their choice determined the lives they were facing. If we are unwilling to let go and if we see ourselves more than we should, then we would also be unable to receive what God’s prepared for us.
*Pursuit & Respond
Lord Jesus, help each one of us, to be willing to see our weaknesses. Help us to see the things we hold onto, to see that we are unwilling to hide under Your protection, but seek what we love. Through the lives of David, Jonathan and Saul, help us to see ourselves. There is no new thing under the sun. Shine Your light upon us, Lord, so we can see the earthly love inside of us that would lead us to death.
Release us, Lord, and let us receive Your healing and guidance, so we can live in Your protection, to be hidden by You only, and to draw near to our authority. It seems like a life of nothingness but it’s actually a life with everything we need. Help us to let go, to come out from the darkness and into the light. Amen.
约拿单爱的是大卫（v.17）, 大卫能做到很多约拿单想做却做不了的事。比如在巨人歌利亚面前，大卫拒绝扫罗为他提供的盔甲，只用弹弓和石子就将这个可怕的劲敌击杀。可是约拿单没有看到，大卫能够做到这一切， 他背后那位与他同在的神。
约拿单爱的其实是他自己 – 他因着自己能力或权力有限，没办法做很多事，而这些事大卫都做到了。约拿单羡慕大卫的生命，甚至他背叛了自己本该去顺服的父亲扫罗王。