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1 Samuel 18

1 Samuel 18 shows a significant change in relationships.  The chapter begins with Saul’s son Jonathan becoming closest of friends with David.  This is not some casual affinity – it is heart to heart friendship.  “The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David….Jonathan loved him as his own soul….made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul….stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt”.  Jonathan has become a soul mate with David.  But it went further as scripture tells us that the people and even Saul’s servants felt the same.  David was a favored person in the kingdom.

God looked favorably on what David did, to the point that he had success in every effort he set his hand to.  Women were out in the streets dancing and singing of his victory before Saul.  “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands”.  Let’s face it – that had to be some pretty strong medicine for the king.  And it was.  He was not happy with the way the people had elevated David and basically forgot about him.  Pride was one of his downfalls.  “Saul was very angry….what more can he have but the kingdom”?  Saul goes into protective mode of his power.  He is not nearly as enamored with David as he was, in fact, “Saul eyed David from that day on…. Saul hurled the spear….Saul was afraid of David”.  Things have become confrontational between them.  David is still around and serving Saul, but it is becoming tricky as Saul’s temper is creating some outbursts that include attempts to harm David.

One thing remained constant though, even as life changes for David.  He has moved from best friend of Jonathan to now almost becoming the target of the king.  “David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him”.  God doesn’t move.  That relationship does not change.  So often in life circumstances around us move all over the place.  Things go from bad to good or good to bad, but there is always one constant.  God.  When the relationship changes with God, it is because we have moved, not Him.  I am reminded of that age old saying “if you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved”.  Saul is all over the map here, but God isn’t.  He just continues to walk with David and bless his efforts.

Saul, on the other hand, is trying to figure out how to get to David.  His own son has become a soul mate to his new enemy.  Now Saul decides to try and get to David with his daughter.  He gives, and then takes away, his first daughter Merab.  He offered her as wife but later actually gives her to another.  But daughter number two, Michal, loved David.  Saul sees that as an opportunity and says “Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him”.  Saul’s plan was to require David to bring 100 foreskins from Philistine soldiers as the bride-price.  Surely that will end his life. But of course David goes and gets 200 and Saul has to give Michal to him as wife, making David son-in-law to the king.  That sort of backfired.  “Saul was David’s enemy continually”.  Unfortunately the paranoia never stops and while David is part of the family, the relationship has gone from bad to worse.  All the while those in Saul’s kingdom held David with higher esteem all the time.

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