Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An Everlasting Covenant

Jesus Christ Wants To Make An Everlasting Covenant With You
Read 1 Samuel 20:4-22:2

It's honestly been hard for me to relate to David as I read 1 Samuel 20:4-22:2.  David is running fast and hard.  He's trying to escape Saul's spear.  He ends up creeping and crawling through the caves of Adullam, to save his own life.  He makes a covenant with his best friend, Jonathan.  Then, Jonathan revolts against his own father in order to help protect David.  It's a dramatic story full of sacrifice, brotherhood, ingenuity, suspense and love.

Do you understand why it's so hard for me to relate?  I haven't been hiding in the crevasses of the Ozark Mountains and I sure haven't been chased by a madman in recent days.  The more I observe this passage, the more I see that I am very much like David.  In fact, every single human being on the face of the earth is like him. 

The Bible says that Satan wants to destroy all people.  1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."  Satan wanted to devour David.  Satan wants to devour me.  Satan wants to devour you.

This can seem like bad news, unless you read the entire story.  Take some time to Read 1 Samuel and you'll see that what Satan used to try to harm David, God allowed it for David's good.

David and Jonathan Make An Everlasting Covenant 

David and Jonathan Make A Covenant to Protect David
20:4-8  David asks Jonathan to check with Saul and see if it is safe for David to be with Saul.
20:9-17  Jonathan made a covenant with David that he would help protect David from Saul.
20:18-22  Jonathan and David devised a plan to use arrows as a means of communication:  If the arrows are beside David = No Danger; If the arrows are beyond David = Danger
20:23  Jonathan and David's covenant with the Lord is forever
  • Have  you come to a place in your life where you believe that Jesus Christ is your only protection from the evil in this life?
David Knows That Saul Wants To Kill Him
20:24-29  Saul questions Jonathan on the whereabouts of David
20:30-34  Jonathan knew Saul was determined to kill David
20:35-40  Jonathan shot arrows beyond the stone heap where David was hiding
20:41-42  David and Jonathan said their goodbyes and affirmed their covenant between themselves and their offspring forever
  • List some ways that Satan has tried to destroy you.
David Flees For His Life and Ends Up Commanding Hundreds
21:1-6  David flees to Nob and eats holy bread from the priest
21:7  David's betrayer, Doeg the Edomite, was there
21:8-9  David requests a sword from the priest
21:10-15  David flees to Gath; David acted like a madman to protect himself
22:1  David escapes to the cave of Adullam
22:2  David's family goes to him along with others.  They number 400 and David commands them.
  • How has God allowed good to come out of the things that Satan wanted to harm you with?  

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