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First Samuel 18

1 Samuel 18

Jonathan who had proved his zeal and courage by taking on the Philistines in the name of YHVH meets David the champion of Israel who defeated Goliath in the name of YHVH. Obviously they were both men of faith, and of courageous action based on their faith, and they become the closest of fast friends.

The lesson here concerns the unity that springs from a mutual zeal and faith to follow the Eternal. Simply getting along while disagreeing on the things that matter is not spiritual unity!

It is true and passionate unity with Christ, God the Father and the whole Word of God to learn it and to keep it; that brings true spiritual unity with God and will all others who are also united with God!

1 Samuel 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul [heart, spirit] of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

Saul kept David where he could see him and control him suspecting that the fame of David surpassed even his own.

18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.  18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

David and Jonathon made a covenant of friendship.

18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

Saul made David the Chief of Staff of his army, and so David began to learn the art of war and practiced it under Saul helping Saul to defeat the enemies of Israel round about them. So the fame of David grew while Saul diminished in the love and respect of the people because of his bouts of madness.

David was not given the kingdom when he was called by God through Samuel but was first was trained in how to lead. He also gained a reputation for godliness by his righteous faithful conduct; even being loyal as far as he could be to a bad king.  

David obeyed the king in the LORD, but David never obeyed the king to commit sin!

Just like David, the called out and anointed of the New Covenant must be trained up and gain experience and establish a reputation of godliness before God and man. We must prepare ourselves to rule and teach the earth through the struggles in our own  physical lives.

Did you think that “Preaching the Gospel” was only about warning humanity today? No, there is far more to it than that: we are learning to lead the whole of humanity in his kingdom!

Therefore if we water down the gospel into a business model outreach, finding out what the people think they need or want and pandering to that instead of diligently teaching the whole Word of God, we disqualify ourselves to have a part in the resurrection to spirit.

If we set an example of compromise and situation ethics to do whatever we want; with no zeal to live by every Word of God: We are unfit to be a part of the Bride of Christ!

18:5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

Saul kept David under close scrutiny because of the rejoicing among the people at the victory over Goliath and the Philistines.

Even so Satan keeps a watchful eye on those who are zealous for the whole Word of God, with the courage to follow the Lamb wherever he goes. Satan KNOWS that we are qualifying to replace him and his government [like David was qualifying to replace Saul] and he is doing his best to obstruct, discourage and tempt us to turn aside and fail.

18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.

When we stand solidly on the foundation of the whole Word of God we are mocked and attacked by others; yet some are establishing a reputation of faithfulness and godliness that cannot be denied, and we are being prepared to gain eternal life and a kingdom under the Lord that we faithfully follow.

18:7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 18:8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the

kingdom? 18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

The day after they returned from victory over the Philistines; Saul is taken by a sudden impulse to slay the man he has just appointed his military leader, David; who Saul now sees as his competitor for the throne.

18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

Brethren, Satan alternately attacks and tempts us because he is AFRAID of us and our potential to replace him!

Make no mistake, Satan KNOWS that his time is close to an end and he knows that God is not with him but is with his faithful: and Satan is AFRAID of those who are passionately zealous to follow the God the Father and the Lamb of God and to keep his Word!

Why should we fear and try to alleviate our physical situations by compromising with the Word of our Mighty Deliverer, when that will only bring us to our own destruction? Why should we fear the being who is terrified of US and trying to turn us aside from our calling to replace him?

Why should we fear the evil one, when we have been called to God the Father and the Mighty Deliverer and Great ROCK of our Salvation, Jesus Christ, the Being who has conquered Satan, sin and DEATH itself?

18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

After a short time Saul sent David away and demoted to be a captain over a garrison of a thousand.

18:13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.

Yet David remained faithful to the whole Word of God and to Saul as far as God’s Word would allow.

18:14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.

Saul was hoping that David would make a mistake and rebel or somehow displease God as he himself had done; and when David proved faithful the fear of Saul increased.

The more we grow in true zeal and faithfulness for the whole Word of God; the more the fear and anger of Satan also increases; until he is beside himself with terror and rage at his imminent downfall. 

18:15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

In all this the brethren began to love David, because of his righteous example before them and for all; his mighty deeds of faith.

18:16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

Then Saul devises a stratagem to have David killed by the Philistines.

18:17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD’s battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

David expresses humility at the offer of the king and Merab was given to another.

18:18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king? 18:19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

Then a match was made between Michal and David for she loved him; but Saul used her as a snare to kill David.

18:20 And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 18:21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.

Saul asks his servants to entice David to take Michal as his wife.

18:22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law. 18:23 And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed? 18:24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.

Then Saul asks for a dowry not of money but of Philistines.

18:25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

18:26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and [David rose up to attack the Philistines] the days were not expired. 18:27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

David then brought Saul double what he had requested for his daughter; and Saul was even more jealous of David’s fame, and the approval of the people for David only increased.

18:28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him. 18:29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

18:30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.

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