I Samuel 19
1. Now Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David; but Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted greatly in David.
Up to this point, Saul has kept his scheming against David a secret. Yet now he brings his desire to murder David into the open, communicating it to his servants and to his son Jonathan. He probably feels that it should be obvious to all now, once he points it out, that David must be the one the LORD spoke of as being His choice to replace Saul as King. Surely he feels that his son, who otherwise would be the next to take the throne, and his servants, who were part of his household and enjoyed all the privileges from it, will be eager to do away with any threat to their position over the country.
We might wonder if Jonathan knew before this time of the prophecy of the LORD against Saul, telling him that he would be taken from the throne and another given it? The two who knew about it were Saul and Samuel, and it seems Saul would not have been very likely to advertise this fact around. Samuel had left Saul after telling him this and never came to him again, so it seems doubtful word would have spread from him. The only way word would have gotten out is if others were with Saul when he came to Samuel in chapter 15, yet from the record it appears that this was more or less a private conversation. Therefore, this may be the first Jonathan has heard that he is not to be the next one to take the throne.
Yet it seems Saul, for all his scheming, has not learned of the close relationship between his oldest son and David. Jonathan loves David, as we saw in I Samuel 18:1, and so he does not react to this news as his father had hoped. If there was a struggle in Jonathan’s heart between his love for David and his own ambition to take the throne, ambition was quickly defeated by love in the heart of this Godly man. Even if it meant that he would not get to be the next king, he would not abandon his love for David. He delighted in David, and if he had to give up the throne to him, then he was willing to do it. Read the rest of this entry »