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“The Lord Be Between You and Me” (1 Samuel 20:1-42)
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“As soon as the lad had gone, David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times. And they kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so. Then Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.’ So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.” (vs41-42)

The Lord’s between believers, forming a bond of love that chooses Christ’s people above family, endures together, and loves righteousness while hating evil. God has made us one in Christ, so we love His people and support His church in affliction.

David was persecuted unjustly, so Jonathan loved him (vs1-4). We read, “Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and went and said to Jonathan, ‘What have I done? What is my iniquity, and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?’ So Jonathan said to him, ‘By no means! You shall not die! Indeed, my father will do nothing either great or small without first telling me. And why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!’ Then David took an oath again, and said, ‘Your father certainly knows that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said, ‘Do not let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved.’ But truly, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.’ So Jonathan said to David, ‘Whatever you yourself desire, I will do it for you.’” This was no “friendship among thieves” or wicked union; it was two men choosing God’s way above human privileges, and they were bound together by Christ’s grace and truth. David was innocent, so like Jonathan, we choose God’s people who are persecuted unjustly, even as our Master whom they hated without a cause. He said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me... He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause (John 15:18-25).’” David would be king instead of Jonathan, but he submitted without envy because God chose him, so he loved him. This happens in gospel churches: we choose each other over family because God’s people are doing right, which is worshiping God in truth, and we side with the Sinless One who saved us. We see right from wrong because He’s given us a new heart, which loves what He loves, even the people who believe the truth and live it (Ps 45:6-9). The bond of the church is greater than any bond of mankind; it is God given, lasts forever, and it is the right thing to do. Colossians 3:12-17, says, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” It is right to worship with God’s people, even when families threaten divorce, and it is right to encourage our brethren, rather than being indifferent while enjoying ourselves. Jonathan loved David, and David loved Jonathan: they kept the Lord between them. Let us do the same.

Secondly, God’s people suffer unjustly (vs30-34). We read, “Then Saul’s anger was aroused against Jonathan, and he said to him, ‘You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, you shall not be established, nor your kingdom. Now therefore, send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.’ And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, ‘Why should he be killed? What has he done?’ Then Saul cast a spear at him to kill him, by which Jonathan knew that it was determined by his father to kill David. So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had treated him shamefully.” You don’t have to do evil to be hated. You remind others of Him whom they despise as Lord and will not have as Savior. Men are depraved, so no matter how godly you live, you can never be nice enough or good enough: they will hate, fault find, and they will reject you because they do not love the One you represent. Hating you (like Saul hurling his javelin at Jonathan his son) is the MOST they can do to express their rebellion against God. Do not be discouraged! This rejection of men is PROMISED, unavoidable, and it must be embraced. Do not make peace with the world to avoid persecution, but be faithful to Christ, and He’ll reward you more than compromise ever will. It may be embarrassing and lonely to suffer rejection, but it is better to have God’s peace and reverent character. Do not seek to be loved by God hating people: seek your reward from Him.

Finally, David and Jonathan also picture Christ and His church (vs11-16). We read, “And Jonathan said to David, ‘Come, let us go out into the field.’ So both of them went out into the field. Then Jonathan said to David: ‘The Lord God of Israel is witness! When I have sounded out my father sometime tomorrow, or the third day, and indeed there is good toward David, and I do not send to you and tell you, may the Lord do so and much more to Jonathan. But if it pleases my father to do you evil, then I will report it to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And the Lord be with you as He has been with my father. And you shall not only show me the kindness of the Lord while I still live, that I may not die; but you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when the Lord has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.’ So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, ‘Let the Lord require it at the hand of David’s enemies.” Jonathan entered a covenant with David to spare his life, choosing to help the hated one because he knew David would help him. It is the same with us and Christ. We covenant to serve Him and suffer for Him because He will remember us when He comes into His kingdom (Luke 23:39-43). In times past, kings killed the son’s of their rivals, but David spared Jonathan’s family, even as Christ spares us, and it is a covenant where both sides are benefitted: we suffer for Him, and He gets the glory of His salvation, and we are spared the wrath of eternal hell. We gain eternal life for our temporary persecutions, so choose Christ, and you’ll never regret it in heaven!

Keep Christ between you and His people, suffering for Him and loving His church, remembering that your great reward is coming. Your King will spare you, love you, and bless you forever.

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Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...

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"I Will Magnify Myself" (Ezekiel 38:1-23)
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“And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that...
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"Consider Jesus– in the Forgiveness of Injury" by Octavius Winslow
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"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." –Luke 23:34 If the Christian precept of FORGIVENESSbe estimated by the magnitude of the injury forgiven, then these words of Jesus present to our view a forgiveness of an inconceivable...
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“David Fled and Escaped” (1 Samuel 19:1-24)
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“Now the distressing spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing music with his hand. Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from...
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“Saul Became David’s Enemy” (1 Samuel 18:1-30)
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Thus Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him; and Saul was still more afraid of David. So Saul became David’s enemy continually. Then the princes of the Philistines went out to war....
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“You Shall Be Desolate” (Ezek 35:1-15)
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‘Thus says the Lord God: “The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate. As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of...
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Poem: "Truth and Urgency" by Librae Jackson, Deacon
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Let’s repent of our sin now.Jesus is coming back soon, with the clouds.The way that He ascended up, He will descend down;With such magnificent pow’r;To reap what He’s sown; retrieve His own and bring us home; receive us to His...
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“The Son of Your Servant” (1 Sam 17:1-58)
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Then, as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” So David answered, “I am...
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“Pharaoh and All His Multitude” (Ezek 32:1-32)
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“‘Pharaoh will see them and be comforted over all his multitude [when he joins others in hell: sarcastic comfort], Pharaoh and all his army, slain by the sword’, says the Lord God. For I have caused My terror in the land of the...
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“Brought Down” (Ezek 31:1-18)
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“To which of the trees in Eden will you then be likened in glory and greatness? Yet you shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the depths of the earth; you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those slain by the sword....
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Hymn: "The Cross of Jesus" by George Mueller
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I saw the cross of Jesus,When burdened with my sin;I sought the cross of JesusTo give me peace within;I brought my sins to Jesus,He cleansed me by His blood;And in the cross of JesusI found my peace with God. I love the cross of Jesus,It tells me...
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