Courageous and Sacrificial Friendship

In August 2019, the Uniform Lesson and the International Bible Lesson was based on 1 Samuel 19:1-7 and included 1 Samuel 18:1-5. The Uniform Lesson for October 4, 2020 is based on 1 Samuel 19:1-7. The International Bible Lesson Archives on 1 & 2 Samuel are available for your use.

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 1 Samuel 18:1-5 & 19:1-7 Easy-Print Commentary

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Study Hints for Thinking Further for 1 Samuel 18:1-5 & 19:1-7

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Praying Through 1 Samuel 18:1-5 & 19:1-7

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Application — Five Takeaways for 1 Samuel 18:1-5 & 19:1-7

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The International Bible Lesson is

Courageous and Sacrificial Friendship

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“Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt” (1 Samuel 18:4).

Under Israel’s first king, only King Saul and his son Jonathan had armor and swords. King Saul reigned in fear, because he had rebelled against the LORD and the LORD had departed from him. Through Samuel, the LORD told Saul his dynasty would end. Then, Samuel anointed David as the future king. When the Philistines oppressed the Israelites, Jonathan rallied the army to defeat them. Jonathan led the way because he acted with faith in the LORD.

Before the battle, Jonathan stood with only his armor bearer and said, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will act for us; for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6). The LORD was with Jonathan, and the garrison fell. Jonathan’s success gave his father the courage to fight the Philistines, and Israel won a great victory. Before David became king he fought the giant Goliath, telling him, “This very day the LORD will deliver you into my hand….that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17:46-47). After David killed Goliath, the Philistines fled in fear. Both Jonathan and David were men after God’s own heart. As kindred spirits, their faithfulness to and love for the LORD drew them into a courageous and sacrificial friendship; therefore, Jonathan gave David what he would need to lead all Israel and someday reign as king.

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2 thoughts on “Courageous and Sacrificial Friendship”

    1. Hello Mary, You can find the Bible Lesson materials on the verses you need at my International Bible Lesson Archives on 1 & 2 Samuel. Since I now write the International Bible Study Commentary and Lessons on the Gospel of John, I only have archives available on the Uniform Series. When some of the Uniform Lessons are repeated in some fashion, I try to use the International Bible Study Forum to direct people to the Archives. If you go to the Archives on 1 & 2 Samuel, you will need to scroll down to the Archived Lesson titled “1 Samuel 18:1-5 & 19:1-7,” which is from August 2019. You can skip reading 1 Samuel 18:1-5 in the commentary and go directly to reading 1 Samuel 19:1-7. The Bible Lesson “Courageous and Sacrificial Friendship” is from 1 Samuel 18:4, but this Bible Lesson (and the commentary on 1 Samuel 18:1-5) give good background information for your lesson on 1 Samuel 19:1-7. It was not easy for Jonathan do do what he did for David; indeed, it was self-sacrificing! 1 Samuel 18:1-5 illustrates something of that willingness to give his own future and life for David. Whenever I have archived lessons similar to current Uniform Lessons, I will try to notify you here on the Forum.
      May God continue to bless your study of His Word and your teaching!
      L.G.

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