Jonathan David’s true friend, Hebrews 11:34 and 1 Samuel 14:1-14

Jonathan, King Saul’s son, and true friend to David.

Jonathan and David stayed friends even though King Saul wanted to kill David.

Both Jonathan and David were powerful in battle, David to become king of united Israel and Jonathan to die in the same battle as his father King Saul.

Jonathan in Hebrew means: Jah is given.

Background Reading:

became powerful in battle – Jonathan
Hebrews 11:34

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Jonathan’s Heroic Exploits as he Attacks the Philistines

14:1 One day Jonathan told his armor bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine garrison which is on the other side,” but he did not tell his father. 2 Saul was sitting on the outskirts of Geba under the pomegranate tree which was at Migron, and with him were about 600 men. 3 Along with him were Ahitub’s son Ahijah, Ichabod’s brother, who was Phineas’ son and a grandson of Eli the priest of the LORD at Shiloh, who was carrying the ephod. The people did not know that Jonathan had gone.

4 Now in the pass through which Jonathan planned to get across to the Philistine garrison, there was a sharp crag on one side and a sharp crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other was Seneh. 5 One crag rose on the north opposite Michmash, and the other on the south opposite Geba.

6 Jonathan told his armor bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised ones. Perhaps the LORD will work for us, since nothing prevents the LORD from delivering, whether by many or by a few.”

7 His armor bearer told him, “Do whatever you want. Let’s move out!g I’m right here with you, as you wish.”

8 Jonathan said, “Look, we’re going over to the men, and we will show ourselves to them. 9 If they say to us, ‘Stay there until we come to you,’ then we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up and fight us,’ then we will go up, for the LORD has given them into our hands, and this will be the sign for us.”

11 When the two of them showed themselves to the Philistine garrison, the Philistines said, “Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have been hiding.”

12 The men of the garrison responded to Jonathan and his armor bearer: “Come up and fight us, and we will show you something.”

Jonathan then told his armor bearer, “Follow me, for the LORD has given them into Israel’s control.”

13 Jonathan crawled up on his hands and feet, with his armor bearer following him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer who was behind him also killed some. 14 In the initial attack, Jonathan and his armor bearer struck down about twenty men in an area of about half an acre of land.
1 Samuel 14:1-14

If you want to read to full story look it up in the Bible.

More Information:

Jonathan a true generous friend of David

Characteristics of Jonathan:
Heroic faith
Undaunted courage
Self-sacrificing friendship


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