Saturday, August 29, 2015

1 Samuel 20

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 20. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • David is still fearing for his life. Saul has been trying to kill him, and David is certain this is a long-term effort. Jonathan, the son of Saul, doubts Saul actually wants to kill David. So Jonathan and David devise a way of finding out what Saul really wants.
  • The "New Moon" feast was a regular celebration that Saul, David, Jonathan, and other leaders attended. Jonathan and David saw this as an opportunity to find out how Saul really felt about David: they agreed that David would not show up to the meal, and Saul's reaction would allow Jonathan to figure out what he truly wanted to do. 
  • It quickly becomes clear that Saul does indeed want to kill David. Saul sees through Jonathan's act and accuses him of being in cahoots with Davi. Saul freaks out and tries to kill Jonathan by throwing a spear at him.
  • Jonathan flees and informs David that he should run away, because Saul is trying to end his life. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Jonathan is the hero of this reading because he was loyal (as a friend) to David. Likewise, if we are invested in a relationship, we need to come alongside our friends or loved ones when they're in a time of need.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you have a friend that's going through a difficult time? Give them a call today. Encourage them and let them know you're cheering for them. Ask God to give you the guidance you need to steer your friend or loved one closer to him as they go through this rough patch.