What happens when a people lose their moral and spiritual compass? The last few chapters of Judges reveal the answer to this.
It is sad to observe how far Israel turns from God when "true north" is no longer known or valued.
When we have the courage to follow God and do things His way, He will elevate us. We truly are no body without Jesus. Jonathon gave David his own royal clothes and armor and Saul made David a captain in his army. David could have pouted about that he was supposed to be king, but David acted wisely in all things, and allowed his elevation to come God's way. All because he served God and believed Him.
Brother Hurst speaks of a politician who lived a long time ago who was a man of his word, King David. In this passage, King David is not only described as honest, but also merciful as God is merciful towards his people.
This sermon by Johnny Lausin is an intensely personal message focusing on the friendship between Jonathan and David mentioned in 1 Samuel 18:1-16. Johnny opened by turning our attention to 1 Timothy 3:14 where Paul tells taught that the “sacred writings” (our Old Testament) are able to make us wise unto salvation. With that in mind, we considered the miraculous friendship that joined Jonathan, the heir to Saul’s throne, and David … the man whom God had chosen to be king. Johnny made application to unbelievers with a deeply moving story about a good man’s great love for his grandson. He closed by asking believers to probe their love relationship with Christ and compare it to the God-wrought friendship between Jonathan and David.
One of the most remarkable men in all of history, and especially in Biblical history, was King David. God spoke of David as a “man after my own heart.” David sought after God, was obedient to God, spoke with God, was lead by God, and was appointed King of Israel by God. We have explored the relationship that developed between David and King Saul shortly after David defeated Goliath, winning a great victory for King Saul. The exploits and acclaim received by David worked destructively against King Saul who came to fear David as a rival and sought to kill him as a threat to his honor and his throne. David, not willing to oppose King Saul, or violate God's principals of authority, was forced to the only available alternative, that of fleeing from King Saul.
This session deals with a period in David's flight from Saul. Having twice encountered Saul in person and escaped, David now flees to the land of the Philistines and seeks long-term sanctuary in service with King Achish. Over sixteen months, David wins the trust of the King but providentially is kept from joining the Philistines in their next and pivotal battle with Judah, a battle in which King Saul and his son Jonathon are killed.
King Saul's son Jonathon saw a great miracle performed on Israel's behalf because he believed there was no limit to God's power. Acting in faith against great odds, he witnessed a might victory against the Philistines.