Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power: “Jealous ‘of’ or Jealous ‘for’?”

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power. Let’s get our beverage and chat.

So I was continuing in my study of David with Beth Moore and I’ve got to tell you, if you like drama, you should check out 1st Samuel, Chapter 18. I’m telling you, the Bible holds the greatest mysteries, tells some of the most incredible dramas, reveals several love stories and there’s even some comedy in there. I don’t know about you, but for years, I had no idea that our Heavenly Father had such a sense of humor.

Anyway, Chapter 18 picks up where we left off with the David & Goliath series. After David’s victory over Goliath, he goes on to lead the men of war to victory over the remaining Philistines. Now King Saul is quite impressed and invites him back to his home for a chat. I can imagine that King Saul was probably scratching his head wondering where in the world this kid came from. He decides he’s got to get to know him.

David must have been there for quite some time, because King Saul’s son, Jonathan, and David became bff’s! The Scriptures say that Jonathan loved him as his own soul. In fact, this friendship is one of the most beautiful portraits of true friendship ever told and/or lived. Let me take a moment to add, there is nothing sexual about this kind of love; this is not a “gay” kind of love that many in our society would like to claim, but we’ll explore that another day!

So after King Saul and David talk, we learn that Saul took David that day and would not let him go home to his father’s house. Now this is an Evinda-ism, but I can’t help but wonder, did King Saul just send a message to David’s dad, Jesse, saying I’m keeping your son? I’ve recruited him for my army. Did he give David’s dad anything in exchange?

And can you imagine Jesse’s response. Just maybe when he got the news, it was a bit bittersweet for him, knowing that David was being provided for in a way that he, Jesse, could not provide…..

The next thing that happens is Jonathan and David make a covenant – covenant is an amazing topic to study, but let me just say that covenant in these times required a cutting; it was serious stuff, not taken lightly and it was kept until death! There were many things that followed the cutting to symbolize the covenant made.

Well, as a sign of the covenant, Jonathan took off his robe with his armor, even his sword, his bow and his belt. Now let’s stop here for a minute. These things that he gave to David were not only signs of the covenant that they had just made, but there is powerful significance in this selfless act of Jonathan. See, Jonathan realized what David did in defeating the giant. He recognized that David was somebody special, somebody of God, and parallel to that in significance is the fact that Jonathan dethroned himself. You see, he was to be the next king, but in making covenant with David and giving him his robe and armor, he was giving his all and siding with the one he knew in his heart would be the next king. There was no jealousy here.

I can’t help but remind myself of this beautiful example of Jonathan’s sacrifice, and how we should mirror it. David is considered to be a foreshadow of Christ, and with that in mind, thinking about Jonathan giving his all to David, shouldn’t we be giving our all to our King who has already given us victory over our giants?

We’ll pick up where we left off on this.

Have a jealous-free and awesome day!


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