1 Samuel – Chapter 20: David and Jonathan

In the last chapter of 1 Samuel God de-robed Saul so he could see him naked.  Yes, that actually happened!  This chapter, 1 Samuel 20, starts with David in fear of his life as Saul tries to kill him.  David runs to Jonathan asking for help and support in avoiding death.

“But if my father intends to harm you, may the Lord deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away in peace.” – 1 Samuel 20:13

Why is Jonathan asking to be punished if Saul is the one who intends to harm David?

“But show me unfailing kindness like the Lord’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family—not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.” – 1 Samuel 20:14-15

The Lord’s kindness?  The kindness of raping and killing innocent women, children, and babies?  That kindness?  Jesus disagrees as well.  In the New Testament Jesus makes it very clear you are to cut off your family to follow him.  Given Christians believe Jesus is God, God makes it very clear he has no interest in kindness, in particular kindness to one’s family.

“Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, ‘Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is unclean.’” – 1 Samuel 20:26

Given all the rules earlier in the Bible God hands down, David could have done a thousand things to make him ceremonially unclean.

“But the next day, the second day of the month, David’s place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, ‘Why hasn’t the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?’” – 1 Samuel 20:27

Calm down Saul.  Half of God’s rules on being unclean leave one unclean for several days!  Be patient!  🙂

“Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, ‘You son of a perverse and rebellious woman!’” – 1 Samuel 20:30

More misogyny.  Saul uses the idea that women are evil in the eyes of God to call Jonathan a bad name.

“’Why should he be put to death? What has he done?’ Jonathan asked his father. But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.” – 1 Samuel 20:32-33

Saul really sucks at throwing a spear.  This is at least the third time Saul has thrown a spear at someone in close quarters with the intent to kill.  How hard is it to impale someone with your spear from what is probably 2-3 feet away?

“Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David.” – 1 Samuel 20:34

Oh come on.  That is certainly NOT the reason Jonathan is mad.  Jonathan is mad because Saul just tried to kill him with a mother fucking spear!

After this Jonathan goes to David to inform him of what he discovered and that ends the chapter.  Saul is very mad in this chapter and has intentions of killing David and tried to kill Jonathan.  However, don’t make Saul to be the bad guy here.  We learned in previous chapters that God took over Saul’s body, hardening his heart, just like God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians.  God is the one trying to kill David.  God is the one who tried to kill Jonathan. God is the bad guy in this story.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 11: For the director of music. Of David.

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