The Request

1 samuel 20_8_the request

Yesterday, we looked at the blank check Jonathan offered his best friend – David could ask absolutely anything of him and he’d do his best to bring it about.  Before we look at what David requested, take a moment and think about what you might have asked if you had been in David’s shoes.

I would have asked for swords, spears, and chariots.  Who am I kidding?  I’m no soldier; I would have asked Jonathan for an army to fight for me!  Oh, and I would have undoubtedly asked for provisions – food, clothing, money – to make my journey more comfortable.  That’s what THIS David would have done, but not King David.  Listen to his amazing request:

As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the LORD.  If I am guilty, then kill me yourself!  Why hand me over to your father? (v8)

Just as David would later ask the Lord to search him (Psalm 139), David now asked Jonathan to take an in-depth look into his life and evaluate what he saw.  Specifically, Jonathan was to look for any guilt – iniquity, mischief, or perversity – and if he found any to judge David.  Not only was Jonathan to be the judge and jury, David also gave him the right to be his executioner.

David would rather have died at the hands of a trusted friend, than in the hands of a madman like Saul.  In fact, David said it would have actually been a kindness if Jonathan had done this for him.  No wonder Scripture portrays their friendship as being so special.

May I ask…to whom have you given the right to evaluate your life in order to point out any areas of guilt or weakness?  It can be a frightening proposition, but it’s also very wise. –Dave

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