Useful Bible Studies > 2 Samuel Commentary > chapter 1
David’s poem about the deaths of Saul and Jonathan suddenly becomes much more personal. David has described Saul as a true hero, a great leader and a brave and strong man. The same things were also true about Saul’s son Jonathan – however, David cannot merely describe Jonathan in that way.
That was because David knew Jonathan as a genuine friend. From the first time that Jonathan met David, Jonathan truly cared about David (1 Samuel 18:1-4). Although Jonathan was much older than David, he (Jonathan) constantly showed kindness to David. Jonathan had the right to become Israel’s next king – but Jonathan wanted David to be king. Even when Saul was trying to kill David, Jonathan still supported David (1 Samuel 23:16-18).
David considered Jonathan’s attitude towards him to be true love. It was the kind of love that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. It is the kind of love that Christ urges God’s people to show to each other (John 13:34-35). Both David and Jonathan had a strong relationship with God; and they encouraged each other in their relationship with God (1 Samuel 23:16).
David had several wives, and his relationships with them were not always good (6:21-23). However, the love that a good wife shows to her husband is truly wonderful (Proverbs 31:10-31). Jonathan’s love was even more wonderful because it was not merely human love. Rather, it was the love that God showed to David by means of Jonathan, David’s true friend.
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