1 Samuel 20

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 20

The friendship of David and Jonathan.    


David fled abruptly without consulting Jonathan, but he returned to find out if there was any hope for remaining with King Saul, and he appealed to Jonathan.

David made covenant with Jonathan. Their friendship went deeper each other to the point that Jonathan took a risk to test his father King Saul to see what was his heart toward David. Jonathan’s trick of shooting arrows, target practice, found that King Saul was full of hatred toward David, and it would endanger the life of David. King Saul treated Jonathan as he has treated David (v.30).

Jonathan saved David from the hand of King Saul. The emotion of these two men expressed throughout their relationship showed their strong friendship facing great crises, until they departed each other under the mutual covenant in the name of the Lord not only for themselves but also for their descendants.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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