Doing What is Right in YHWH’s Eyes Can Place You in Conflict with Family

Saul was so moved by an evil spirit that he wanted to kill David. When Jonathan stood up for David, justly, Saul tried to make it sound like he wanted to kill David for Jonathan so he could be king after Saul. Truth is that Saul was just making excuses. He was jealous and fearful of David.

Sometimes your own family will come against you when you take a stand for what is righteous or when you confront them in their sin and wrongdoing. Do not expect them to just politely agree with you that they are wrong. They likely will fight and resist. Saul even threw a spear at his son! There are still times when you should take the risk and stand up for what is right and honorable in YHWH’s eyes. Murdering someone is not right, even if “Dad” or the king, in this case Saul, said to do so.

1 Samuel 20:30-42

Saul Is Angry with Jonathan

     30Then Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31“For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Therefore now, send and bring him to me, for he must surely die.” 32But Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33Then Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him down; so Jonathan knew that his father had decided to put David to death. 34Then Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did not eat food on the second day of the new moon, for he was grieved over David because his father had dishonored him.

      35Now it came about in the morning that Jonathan went out into the field for the appointment with David, and a little lad was with him. 36He said to his lad, “Run, find now the arrows which I am about to shoot.” As the lad was running, he shot an arrow past him. 37When the lad reached the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the lad and said, “Is not the arrow beyond you?” 38And Jonathan called after the lad, “Hurry, be quick, do not stay!” And Jonathan’s lad picked up the arrow and came to his master. 39But the lad was not aware of anything; only Jonathan and David knew about the matter. 40Then Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad and said to him, “Go, bring them to the city.” 41When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the more. 42Jonathan said to David, “Go in safety, inasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD will be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.’” Then he rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city.


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