Read 1 Samuel 20
“Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the month he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David.” 1 Samuel 20:34
Jonathan impresses me more and more each time I learn about him. In a nearly impossible situation, he is both loyal to his father and his friend. He believed the best about his father not imagining that he would hurt David (vv 2,9). He also believed his father confided in him – that they had a close relationship (v 9). Even when all of Judah and Israel compared David and Saul and found Saul lacking, Jonathan still believed in him. He saw God’s blessing on Saul and was generously willing for this blessing to be shared with David. “May the Lord be with you as he has been with my father.” (v 13)
But Jonathan also expressed confidence in his friend. When David asked him to test his theory that Saul was trying to kill David, Jonathan answered, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.” (v 4) He willingly went along with David’s plan, sure that he would find that his friend was not in danger. He also made a covenant with David saying, ‘May God be against David’s enemies’ and asked that David would always be kind to Jonathan’s family (vv 12-17).
When Saul revealed his true intentions to kill David, (again, actually- which incidently I find interesting. Didn’t Saul ask Jonathan to kill David before?) Jonathan was ashamed of his father (v 34). He believed more of him. And the fact that his father’s actions grieved and shamed him, and that he was concerned for David’s safety impresses me. Why? Well, I would think that instead his father’s words in verse 31 might have struck a cord of truth. After all, David’s rise was Jonathan’s fall. Jonathan would not be king directly because of David. Saul had the right of it in some measure. But Jonathan, unlike his father did not keep a jealous eye on David. He cared for his friend’s safety and his father’s character – with no concern for himself.