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  1. 1. LOST IN THE SHUFFLE JONATHAN A TRUE FRIEND I Samuel 20:1-23 David and Jonathan Rembrandt 1642
  2. 2. Lord, grant me the privilege and joy of true, deep friendship. May I be the kind of friend who would go the distance, no matter what, for a real friend. Commitment
  3. 3.  He would have been king of Israel if his father, Saul, had not disqualified himself.  He was a mighty soldier, accomplished with both the sling and in archery.  Along with his armor bearer, Jonathan defeated twenty enemy troops in an ambush.  He led 1000 men in battle against the Philistines.  But he was never president or CEO Lost in the Shuffle
  4. 4.  David was in line to be the next king. He would follow Jonathan’s father, King Saul.  Saul was erratic, jealous of David, and even ordered Jonathan killed for eating honey after a military victory. Fortunately the orders were not obeyed.  Jonathan entered into a covenant with David, promising to stick with him, no matter what.  They had a love which was uniquely deeper than a man has for a woman. Their hearts were ‘knit together’. A True Friend
  5. 5.  The loyal friends devised a way for Jonathan to signal David of these sinister plans, allowing David to flee. Today’s Scripture explains how Jonathan learns of his father’s intent to kill David. Even in Face of Death
  6. 6. Jonathan Helps David Escape   1 David escaped from Prophets Village. Then he ran to see Jonathan and asked, "Why does your father Saul want to kill me? What have I done wrong?"     2 "My father can't be trying to kill you! He never does anything without telling me about it. Why would he hide this from me? It can't be true!"     3 "Jonathan, I swear it's true! But your father knows how much you like me, and he didn't want to break your heart. That's why he didn't tell you. I swear by the living LORD and by your own life that I'm only one step ahead of death."     4 Then Jonathan said, "Tell me what to do, and I'll do it." From the (CEV) Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society “ I swear it's true!” 1 Samuel 20:1-23
  7. 7. 5 David answered:    Tomorrow is the New Moon Festival, and I'm supposed to eat dinner with your father. But instead, I'll hide in a field until the evening of the next day. 6 If Saul wonders where I am, tell him, "David asked me to let him go to his hometown of Bethlehem, so he could take part in a sacrifice his family makes there every year." 7 If your father says it's all right, then I'm safe. But if he gets angry, you'll know he wants to harm me. 8 Be kind to me. After all, it was your idea to promise the LORD that we would always be loyal friends. If I've done anything wrong, kill me yourself, but don't hand me over to your father. “ Be kind to me” 1 Samuel 20:1-23
  8. 8. 9 "Don't worry," Jonathan said. "If I find out that my father wants to kill you, I'll certainly let you know."     10 "How will you do that?" David asked.     11 "Let's go out to this field, and I'll tell you," Jonathan answered.    When they got there, 12 Jonathan said:    I swear by the LORD God of Israel, that two days from now I'll know what my father is planning. Of course I'll let you know if he's friendly toward you. 13 But if he wants to harm you, I promise to tell you and help you escape. And I ask the LORD to punish me severely if I don't keep my promise.    I pray that the LORD will bless you, just as he used to bless my father. "Don't worry" 1 Samuel 20:1-23
  9. 9. 14-15 Someday the LORD will wipe out all of your enemies. Then if I'm still alive, please be as kind to me as the LORD has been. But if I'm dead, be kind to my family.     16 Jonathan and David made an agreement that even David's descendants would have to keep. Then Jonathan said, "I pray that the LORD will take revenge on your descendants if they break our promise." 17 Jonathan thought as much of David as he did of himself, so he asked David to promise once more that he would be a loyal friend. 18 After this Jonathan said: 1 Samuel 20:1-23 "I pray that the LORD will”
  10. 10. Tomorrow is the New Moon Festival, and people will wonder where you are, because your place will be empty. 19 By the day after tomorrow, everyone will think you've been gone a long time. Then go to the place where you hid before and stay beside Going-Away Rock. 20 I'll shoot three arrows at a target off to the side of the rock, 21 and send my servant to find the arrows. You'll know if it's safe to come out by what I tell him. If it is safe, I swear by the living LORD that I'll say, "The arrows are on this side of you! Pick them up!" 22 But if it isn't safe, I'll say to the boy, "The arrows are farther away!" This will mean that the LORD wants you to leave, and you must go. 23 But he will always watch us to make sure that we keep the promise we made to each other. 1 Samuel 20:1-23 “ We keep the promise we made to each other”
  11. 11. When Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle David composed this famous lament preserved in 2 Samuel 1:19-27 (RSV) . David’s Lament
  12. 12. "Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places! How are the mighty fallen!" "Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult." "Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor upsurging of the deep! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty." David’s Lament
  13. 13. "Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions." "Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you daintily in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel." David’s Lament
  14. 14. "How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! "Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places. I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women." "How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!" David’s Lament
  15. 15. Most people never have a friendship even slightly like that of Jonathan and David. One of the friends may ascent to the heights, politically or financially, owing much of the success to other. True friends are willing to stand in the shadows when the other basks in the sunshine. The key: They loved each other more than they loved themselves. Jonathan loved David as his own soul. (I Samuel 20:17) SUCH FRIENDSHIPS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN
  16. 16.  Twist in the wind.  Worry about confidentiality or loyalty.  Suffer alone.  Rejoice alone. FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS…
  17. 17. Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aero planes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. PERHAPS YOU’VE LOST A FRIEND AND FELT LIKE THIS…
  18. 18. He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. W. H. Auden “Stop All The Clocks”
  19. 19. To be a friend like that you must be Loyal Forgiving Faithful And True Over the long haul.
  20. 20. Lord, grant me the privilege and joy of true, deep friendship. May I be the kind of friend who would go the distance, no matter what, for a real friend.