Bible Lessons

4 Comforting Bible Lessons on Love

2. David and Jonathan- Bible Story About Friends

King Saul was jealous of the young man David. This was partially because David was gaining in popularity and partly because God had already told Saul that his kingdom would not continue.

Samuel had already anointed David as the next king in 1 Samuel 16 before David killed Goliath in chapter 17.

Saul’s anger toward David mounted with the passing years.

Even though Jonathan knew his father hated David and that David would become the next king of Israel, Jonathan and David became good friends.

The Bible says in 1 Samuel 18:1, “…the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”

According to 1 Samuel 13 there were only two swords in the kingdom. King Saul owned one and his son Jonathan had the other. When David was preparing to flee from Saul, Jonathan gave his sword to David.

Logically Jonathan would become the next king in Israel, but he knew God’s hand was on David. He chose to help the man whom God had anointed instead of fighting him out of jealousy.

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