Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord , saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’ ” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. (1 Samuel 20:42 NIV)
One was the man who should be King, son of the ruling monarch, he had gained acclaim for his bravery and showed greater kindness and compassion than his father. The other was the man who would be King, from humble beginnings, he was selected by God and displayed a character of loyalty to God, King and country that could not be questioned.
There was nothing to really connect these two men and yet a bond was established between the strength of which would forever be remembered in holy scripture. The man who should be King was more than willing to give that up for the love he had for the man who would be King. The two were so close they committed themselves to each other with a sworn friendship that would last generations.
All based on a love that would inspire one of David’s son to write that there is one who sticks closer than a brother. Jonathan exhibited that type of love even at the risk of his own relationship with his father. It’s an incredible devotion and example of the close bonds friendships can achieve. The sort of relationship where ambition, position, ability, qualification, name, background all are subservient to the desire to see and support the best in the other no matter the cost.
As they embraced and cried together, perhaps they had an idea that they may never see each other again. Perhaps they knew the seriousness of the hostility Saul had towards David and saw that it could separate them as long as they lived. Despite the physical separation, however, the bond between them was established far deeper in their hearts than the words they exchanged expressed.
Their pact and friendship would never be broken despite whatever was ahead. Such was their commitment, such was the bond, such was the sworn friendship.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden