Recently a friend recommanded me to read a book about Spiritual Intimacy, and the Author was sharing about spiritual intimacy from the perspective of the friendship of David and Jonathan. She said that God took Jonathan away from David so that David might learn intimacy with God and be soul tied to Him.

This statement got me curious and i decided to revisit the story of David and Jonathan to test the statement, in summary i discovered the following point

1. David is “soul tied” to God long before he met Jonathan
2. Jonathan is a man of exceptional faith in God
3. David and Jonathan are “soul tied” due to the fact that they are of the similar heart and mind in their journey of faith.
4. They understood the will of God and was willing to support it.

(Authors Note: I know that “Soul Tie” means something special to my friends in the Charismatic faith, please understand that I personally do not believe in their defination of “soul tie” and here i am just borrowing the term for introduction purpose)

I remember when I was younger, there was a huge discussion on the question, why God allow a good man like Jonathan to perish in battle.

To understand the Characters, lets take a look at the bible

The Faith of Jonathan
“Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.”
– Jonathan (1 Sam 14: 6)

Jonathan’s faith is best seen in the battle recorded in 1 Sam 13. It was the second year of the reign of King Saul where they fought against the Philistines at Gilgal. Then the Philistines gathered 30 000 chariots and 6000 horseman with infantries that as numerous as sand. While the armies of Saul were without weapons. 2000 men were with Saul and 1000 man were with Jonathan. This is the famous battle in which Saul lost his faith and offered sacrifices before Samuel came.

Jonathan had faith in God, and his armour bearer and him sneaked into the camp of the Philistines. They placed their lives in God’s hand and started to attack the camp. when they appeared before the enemies

Philistines said,
“Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden.”
Then the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said,
“Come up to us, and we will show you something.”
Jonathan said to his armorbearer, “Come up after me, for the LORD has delivered them into the hand of Israel.” (1 Sam 14:11-12)

They managed to kill 20 man in a Acre of land, and God helped allowing a huge tremble int he camp. Where the Philistines suddenly retreated ( 1 Sam 14:15-16)

From here, we can see the faith of Jonathan, as it is difficult to face the enemy alone. All Jonathan depended on was his faith in God. His feat is similar to one of the mighty man of David. Shammah. (2 Sam 23:11-12).

From here you can see the strong faith of Jonathan and his relationship with God

The Faith of David

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” – David (1 Sam 17:45-47)

This is the famous words of David, who similarly place his life into the hands of God when he challenge the Philistines Champion Goliath. Goliath was insulting the camp of the army of Israel and challenging them for a duel. In this battle, Saul’s courage were all lost. Although Saul is much taller than the Israelites (1 Sam 10:23). Saul did not dare to challenge the giant.

That was when David was filled with anger at the giant for insulting the God of the Israelites, when he wanted to challenge Goliath, he said this to Saul

“The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Sam 17:37)

I guess we all knew the story of David and Goliath so I would not give the details of the battle.

Friendship through faith

Looking at the similarities of David and Jonathan it is no wonder that their souls are tied to each other in the Lord. and its not surprising that they respected and loved each other because of their faith in God. (1 Sam 18:1-3)

In a way, they have a bond which is found upon God.

Jonathan knew his father trying to kill David and his complaints against David was unjust, that is why he helped David to make an escape. When they parted. They embraced and cried.. And David cried even more so. 1 Sam 20:40-42.

They made a covenant with each other in the name of God.

Understanding the Will of God.
Personally as I was reading the story of 1 Sam I am sure Jonathan is aware of Gods rejection of his father Saul and also the fact that God has appointed another king of Israel. (1 Sam 15:28-29)

Perhaps Jonathan can see the same will of God, just like the brave Warriors of David who joined David even before he was king, when he was fleeing from Saul and hiding in Ziklag. These people immediately joined David as they can see that Gods will is for David to become king (1 Chron 12:1-8)

I dare say this because of Jonathan’s comfort to David while David was hiding in the desert of Zip, where is their last encounter with each other in person. Where Jonathan came to comfort David faith. He said

“Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.” 1 Sam 23:17

From this verse we can know that Jonathan is well aware that he will not be king and Gods will is that David to rule the kingdom.

Why did God allow Jonathan to die in battle?

God taking of Jonathan life in the battle is more of to allow David to fulfil his duty as the king Of Israel earlier. it is interesting fact that when David was appointed king over all Israel initially .. The people refuse to accept him as king, he ruled in Hebron for 7 years 6 months and assumed kingship only when everyone accepted him (2 Sam 5:1-4)

If Jonathan is alive, I am sure the people loyal to King Saul will push him to be the next king of Israel against his will (2 Sam 2:8-12) .. and David will wait until Jonathan his friend died before he take on his duty as the king of Israel.

Therefore I believe that God will for Jonathan is that to die in battle (this is similar to the story of King Josiah where Gods will is for Josiah to die and to be gathered with his ancestors before his judgement(2 Chron 34: 23-28, 2 Chron 35:20-26) . Gods judgement is imminent despite Josiah’s effort to rebuild the faith of the people.

For a saint to die in the Lord is always precious in Gods eye Ps 116:15.

I hope that through this sharing, we can have a different perspective about the lives of David and Jonathan.