Reference text : 1 Samuel 18:6-9;19:1-7
1 Samuel 19:1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.
Saul emerges in today’s text as a king who gives orders for David to be killed because of his paranoia and the fear that he was coming after his throne. What we cannot ignore was the reality that the source of Saul’s fears had nothing to do directly with David since the songs were composed ‘by the people’. In spite of this, rather than be remembered in history as the King who lost his throne to some shepherd boy, he thought, “why not just get rid of the obstacle instead”.
What is even more interesting is the approach he took- an open and free statement to his servants to kill David and he had no problem giving the same command to his own son, Jonathan. I guess he was of the view that ‘everyone was on his side’ and they would do anything he requested, after all, he was the king. However, as we see clearly, his son had a very different definition of ‘I am on your side’.
His actions towards David even after his father’s command laid bare the fact that just because someone is one your side does not mean they have to do everything you ask of them regardless of what they entail and that is where I give a thumbs up to Jonathan. He couldn’t just sit back and watch his father have an innocent man killed out of his own paranoia and fear of the unknown. In a direct sense, this was a disobedience of a king’s order but he thought ‘before I am a King’s son, I am my father’s son’; and that caused him to attempt persuading his father to maintain his humanity and withdraw the order to have David killed.
Beloved, more Jonathan-like people are needed in our world: people who do not just follow instructions that suggest doing harm and wrong like robots, but will question the thoughts behind these instructions and say No to them. We need more of such people who will willfully disobey in an attempt to keep others around them in check and on course.
Remember # don’t let your insecurities drive you to propose or accept harm towards others.