“And it came to pass when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
Jonathan was the heir apparent to the throne of Israel. He was the first born of the king and the people loved him so everything was being prepared for his ascension to the throne. He and his armour-bearer had fought and won a great battle over the garrison of the Philistine’s wherein he slaughtered about twenty men in“an half and acre of land”. This sent a great trembling among the garrison and in the confusion,“the multitude melted away and they went on fighting one another”. This rallied the people of Israel to follow hard against the fleeing host of these ‘wandering immigrants rolling like a tumble weed to and fro upon the land’ (Philistine) and so, Yehovah delivered Israel that day and the battle passed over unto the ‘house of vanity’ (Beth-avan) (I Sam. 14:23).
King Saul, ‘the ruling desire’ of the people, made an edict that day that no man should eat anything until the conflict was ended but Jonathan did not get the memo. In this blood lust, the army of Israel decimated the Philistines that day from the ‘hidden treasure’ (Mich-mash) to ‘the field of the stag’ (Ahijalon). The victory was complete and the people were faint from the exhilaration of the conquest, therefore they fell on the spoils of war and“the people did eat with blood” (32). King Saul, thinking this sin of the people was upon him, took all the meat that had been slaughtered and offered it as a burnt offering unto the Lord (35).
The King did not wish this day to end or the battle to lapse so he attempted to rally the host by night to continue and carry the great victory of that day, but the priest suggested that they inquire of the Lord first.“And Saul said, Draw near hither all the chief of the people and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day” (38).
Herein was the sin of the people eating blood stayed as Saul and Jonathan were taken by a perfect lot but the people escaped (41). The lot was again cast into the lap and the disposition of the matter fell onto Jonathan for he had tasted“a little honey with the end of the rod”. This enraged the King who swore that the first born son should die for disobeying his commandment. The people, however, rescued Jonathan that he should not die at the hand of his father;“And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul and when Saul espied and strong men or any valiant men, he took them unto himself” (52).
Jonathan means ‘given of Yah’ and he indeed was given to the nation of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin and the house of Saul for a specific reason. He was born at the appropriate time, equipped with all necessary elements to grow up as the son of the king to inherit the throne. He was liked of the people he was made valiant in battle. These are wonderful natural qualities that people look for in a leader, youth, strength and bravery, yet Jonathan was ‘given of Yehovah’ for a greater purpose.
The desire of the people was to be like other nations and to have a king. In this they had not rejected the leadership and judgment of Samuel, but the power and sovereignty of God. No natural man could ever oppose the power of God and as sovereign of the universe none can question Him. Yet the sons Samuel, Joel and Abiah, had been given over to the lusts of power and the pride of stature. The people knew this and with Samuel growing old they desired a king to lead them for they knew not the Almighty God or His wondrous works.
“Because the Word of the King has mastery, who may say unto Him, What doest thou?” (Ecc. 8:4).
The intentions of the carnal heart and actions of the flesh are not of the designs of man, for;“I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). The advancing years of Samuel and the lust of the people to be like others, the corruption of the sons of Samuel and the desire of the people to have a king reign over them and the presence of Saul (desire), the son of Kish (to lay a snare or trap), were all in complete harmony with the will and purpose of God. According to the counsel of that perfect will, He causes all things to come to pass by the power of His mighty hand. Now it had come to pass that judgment, from the mouth of ‘the ruling desire of the people’, King Saul, was pronounced against that which is ‘given of Yah’ (Jonathan) but the hand of Saul had no power. He thought himself in command of the battle and worthy of the victory. He made his rash edict as a military strategy so that the fleeing army could not escape but in doing so he condemned his first born son. The desire of the people of Israel laid the sentence of death upon that which was given of Yehovah;“And Saul answered, God do so and more also, for you shall surely die, Jonathan” (I Sam. 14:44)
Next came the charge of Samuel to Saul to slaughter Amalek and all of his possessions. (15:1) This commandment of God was violated by the King and the people in that there was not complete obedience. An attempt was made to justify these actions as the false religion of the intellect of Adam was employed as an excuse for disobedience. Just as his natural father, Adam, in the garden thought he could appease God with his hand made apron of fig leaves so the King supposed that the use of that which God had commanded to be destroyed as sacrifices would justify rebellion against God’s Word./p>
This arrogant, presumptuous intrusion upon the commandment of God and this deceitful manipulation of His Word through the imaginations and“good” intentions of the heart reveals that the desire of the natural man is carnal after the way of the world. He does not know the way of God because God’s ways are not his ways. He cannot research to understand or search out by logic or reason the divine purpose for he has not the mind of God and yet, day in and day out, he constantly rebels against that which has plainly and clearly been openly set before his eyes. When father Adam took and did eat, his eyes were opened, being separated from God in trespasses and sin, and he knew he was naked but he was blind to the mercy of God. In this state of existence, he brings forth works of his hands and expects God to accept his own righteousness.“And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see and that they which see might be made blind” (John 9:39).
When confronted with his sin of rebellion, Saul begs Samuel to petition God for forgiveness. Saul the King of Israel did not receive forgiveness for he was not entitled to the mercy of God. Let the neo-evangelical hoards try to explain how that a person may confess his sins unto ‘the name of God’ and plead for forgiveness and be told that he has been rejected of Yehovah God. His prayers were not heard because he had“no portion, nor right, nor memorial in Jerusalem” (Neh. 2:20). The edict from Saul, given in the heat of the passion of the moment, condemned that which God had given, Jonathan, unto whom God had mercy and the will of God forbade the desire of man, Saul, the right to any grace or mercy.
Therefore he who ‘heard Yah’ (Samuel), kept the commandment of God and took and slew ‘the fugitive’ who desires to ‘increase’ (Agag the king of those who ‘dwell in the valley’ Amalekites) and hewed him in pieces before“the wheel” (Gilgal) of Yehovah (15:33). The desire of the people can never completely defeat the people of the land because they are both indigenous to the earth. God commanded Saul and Israel to utterly destroy Amalek but the logic, desire and intent of the natural heart concluded that they thought that knew better than Yehovah God.
“And Saul said to him; Whose son are you, young man? And David answered, the son of your servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite” (17:58).
God had commanded the ‘name of Yah’ (Samuel) to go and anoint ‘the Beloved’ (David) king over Israel because God is not governed by the desire of the people. This young lad was a man of the same country and lineage as Saul. Not that he was of the house of Benjamin but that he was a child of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob unto whom“were committed the oracles of God” (Rms. 3:2). He grew up in the same pasture as the son of Kish living in the land of promise and the inheritance of Israel and he was educated in the law. Yet while the son of Kish, who was a“goodly person among the children of Israel” and who“from his shoulders and upward was higher than any of the people” (9:2) was King over Israel, the Beloved son of Jesse, the seventh born ruddy child, was in the field tending to his father’s herds.
But David was of the house of praise (Judah) and the house of bread (Beth-lehem). He was“elect according to the foreknowledge of God” (I Pt. 1:2) as a child of grace and the labour assigned unto him was to be King over His people, Israel. He was“ruddy and withal of a beautiful countenance and goodly to look to” (16:12) and the Spirit of Yehovah was upon him from the day of his anointing (13).
Though he was but a young man, he was granted a mighty victory over the enemy of God’s people and defeated the ‘magnificent splendour of the wine-press’, the giant, Goliath of Gath. He refused the armour and shield of Saul. He was unskilled in the art of warfare of this world. He was without strength in his youth but the Spirit within testified that the cause was of Yehovah and He moved this young man in the zeal of Yehovah. The Spirit of Almighty God gave him the passion, the skill, the wisdom and the ability and He caused him to walk according to the commandment of God.“And David said moreover, Yehovah delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine” (17:37).
The people desired Saul and sang praises to his name but the hand of God was with ‘the Beloved’ (David). Saul had won his battles and given the nation great pride but David and the magnificence of his mighty works far exceeded the victories of Saul. The Spirit of the Most High was dwelling within the Beloved and had departed from the ruling desire of the people. Therefore there was bitter animosity and hatred by Saul for David all the days of his life and he sought to kill him.
“And Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul” (18:3)
Eve was bone of bone and flesh of flesh of Adam and there was love because they were joined together. David, ‘the Beloved’, and Jonathan, ‘given of Yah’, though they were of the same flesh and blood in Adam, yet were they one in soul. The soul is that breath that God placed in Adam in the beginning that made him alive, therefore, all men, in Adam, are of one breath (Acts 17:25). But these two were of one breath that was not the same breath as Adam, Saul or any the natural man. These had the breath of God within for they were sons of God chosen in Him before the foundation of the world and they were predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son of God. David, ‘the Beloved’, and those ‘given of Yah’, Jonathan, are the same breath. They live, move and breathe the same for they are one without dissemination. These have a covenant of peace between them for they have love one for the other. This love is not a love of beauty, performance or stature in Adam for these fade with the passing of days and the infirmities of years. It is a love of unity for they are one and their mind, desires, appetites, emotions and being were inseparably bound together, in league one with the other (knit together). They were indistinguishably one and their desires were for each other as one, without preference of person in Adam.“My Beloved is mine and I am his” (Song 2:16).
Jonathan did not know that Samuel had anointed David as the true King of Israel. He did not know that the Spirit of Yehovah had departed from his father and rejected him as being king and he certainly did not know that he was about to die in battle. Yet he did know that he was inseparably joined to ‘the Beloved’ and that“neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love” that they had one for the other (Rms. 8:38).
(Note well, that the same sovereign God who had sent Samuel to anoint Saul king over Israel and had put His Spirit upon him, took that spirit away and gave him an evil spirit. Saul was a religious man who, with every good intention, tried to observe the handwriting of ordinances but no flesh can be justified by the deeds of the law and no flesh shall ever glory in the sight of God.)
The breath (soul) that they had within them testified to the league they had one with the other. This bound them together because they are one. They lived and moved according to this breath (life) within. Their purpose, desire and conduct is one and if the breath of one were to be removed the other would cease to be for there was no distinction between them. As is the one so is the other.
“For as the body is one and hath many members and all the members of that one body being many are one body, SO ALSO IS CHRIST” (I Cor. 12:12).
Those given of Yah have the same eternal life as the Beloved for they are Beloved of God (Song 6:3). They, the Beloved, are One in Him, the Anointed of God, as He, the Beloved, is One in the Everlasting Father (Is. 9:6). His desires are their desires. His ways are their ways. His Word richly dwells in their hearts and that Word is One with the Father. They are given unto the Beloved to be redeemed from the penalty of death in Adam and He has not lost a single One. He has raised them up in the last days and He has proclaimed them, His seed, ‘The generation of Jesus Christ’. They are of the general assembly of the house of the first-born of many brethren (Heb. 12:23). As He is the Son of God and so they are sons of God (I John 3:1f). They became partakers of flesh and blood and were condemned to death in the sin of the desire of Adam to be like God. They have walked according to the course of this world and had the sentence of death upon them. They have no right to the throne of the kingdom of the Israel of our God after the flesh but they have a covenant of peace, according to the faithfulness of the Prince of peace.
The Beloved loves His Bride and she loves Him because He first loved Her with an eternal love. There was no courtship or engagement for She was in Him in the beginning. He redeemed her from the house of the strong man with the price of His precious blood which was shed for the remission of sin. That blood was poured out upon the altar of God in that sanctuary not made with hands and the sin of His people has been removed, never to be called into account ever again, and now there remains no more sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:26).
This covenant was made manifest in the fullness of time and confirmed in one week with many brethren (Dan. 9:27). It is from generation to generation upon all the house of the ‘given of Yah’ (Jonathan) and since the Beloved can not ever deny Himself, there is therefore nothing that can separate the Bride from the love of Her Beloved. He is Yehovah God and He has shown His people light. He did bind the sacrifice of His Lamb upon the altar with cords of righteousness that could not be broken; even upon the crown of that altar for the love of the sheep of His pasture.
The desire of man is at odds with the Beloved. He seeks to destroy Him, he hunts Him through the wilderness of this world and though he knows that He is the Anointed of Yehovah, yet he seeks his own preservation. David never became Saul and Saul never overcame David. Though David was caused to dwell in caves and to conduct Himself as a servant of no reputation, when the Word of God came to pass, He was revealed as King of Israel.
David fought the battles of the nation of Israel. He championed the cause of God, vanquished the foes and won the victory over all the enemies of God. He put all these enemies under his footstool, expanded the kingdom to the fullness of the boundaries set in the promise of God to Abraham and presented a kingdom of peace to the King of Peace, Solomon. He was faithful and finished the work set before him and he never forgot the covenant of peace he had with the house of Jonathan. What a beautiful representation of Christ, His testimony of a finished work and His love for those given Him of the Father.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Rms. 5:1f).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 25, 2013