Jonathan And David - Why Did God Put So Much Emphasis On This Partnered Gay Couple?
What about Jonathan And David?
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” II Timothy 3:16.
We are told “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” II Peter 1:21.
Sometimes the human authors, who ‘wrote’ scripture, dictated to a scribe who wrote down what the holy man spoke, Jeremiah 36:1-4.
As we examine the story of David and Jonathan, a question naturally arises.
Why Did God, (Not Gays), Choose To Emphasize The Story Of David And Jonathan In The Bible?
Although the human writer is Samuel, the Holy Spirit is the ultimate Author of scripture. Emphasis in the Bible, on Jonathan’s love for David and David’s love for Jonathan does not come from homosexuals seeking to legitimize gay relationships.
This exceptional love story receives major emphasis because God the Holy Spirit, the ultimate Author of scripture, chose to give it major emphasis.
The Testimony of God About Jonathan And David
“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.” I Samuel 18:1-3.
In The Love Story Of David And Jonathan, The Holy Spirit Presents Intentional Contrasts
The Holy Spirit contrasts the love story of these young warriors with the stormy relationship between Michal and David. Because they formed an opposite sex marriage partnership, when we read that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David, I Samuel 18:20, readers assume their relationship was romantic and sexual, 18:27. Yet there is nothing in scripture to indicate David loved Michal and nothing is said about them having children.
Jonathan and David
- The Holy Spirit reminds us three times, of David’s excitement at officially becoming the King’s son in law, 18:18, 23, 26, but says nothing about David’s excitement at marrying Michal.
- The Holy Spirit spends more time describing the love relationship between David and Jonathan than He spends describing David and Michal’s heterosexual marriage.
Another contrast. David is never said to love Michal but scripture tells us repeatedly of David and Jonathan's amazing mutual love.
David and Michal's was an arranged marriage while David and Jonathan's relationship clearly involved the heart.
- Our introduction to Jonathan and David informs us that “the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and he loved him as his own soul,” 18:1. If that was said of a man and a woman, no one would doubt a romantic and possibly a sexual partnership.
Yet when that is said of a man and a man, many Christians feel free to insist that it could not possibly describe a romantic, committed, sexual partnership.
- Nongay scholars assert that a sexual relationship between these two men was impossible because Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 prohibited homosexual practice in Israel.
Our Leviticus chapter carefully points out that the Holiness Code prohibited worship of the Canaanite fertility goddess but Did Not prohibit loving, same sex relationships, which are within the Biblical moral framework - faithful, committed, non-cultic.
Although both men later married wives, it is helpful to remember that this relationship between Jonathan and David began before either man married a woman.
Given the cultural setting of ancient Israel, with Philistine overlords who regarded homosexual relationships between warriors as normal, it does not strain credulity or the scriptures, to believe such a relationship existed between Jonathan and David.
- Jonathan’s love for David is contrasted with Saul’s hatred of David. We are told that the Spirit of the Lord came on David, I Samuel 16:13, and departed from Saul, I Samuel 16:14.
King Saul seems to wander in and out of lucidity, his mind and character destroyed by selfwill. Saul is consistent in one goal. He wants to kill David and destroy his relationship with Crown Prince Jonathan.
First, Saul plays matchmaker between David and Princess Michal, knowing that the temperamental Princess will be a snare to David if they marry, I Samuel 18:21.
Second, Saul orders David into battle, hoping the Philistines will kill him, I Samuel 18:25.
Third, Saul sends assassins to David’s home to kill him, I Samuel 19:11.
Fourth, Saul personally tries to kill both Jonathan and David with his javelin, I Samuel 20:33 and 19:10.
Clearly, God the Holy Spirit, as the ultimate author of scripture, intends us to contrast Saul’s hatred of David with Jonathan’s incredible love for David.Jonathan and David woodcut.
Here Is What We Know About Jonathan and David
- This strong Biblical emphasis on the Jonathan and David relationship did not come from gay people. It came from God!
- God the Holy Spirit, in His wisdom, made sure that chapter after chapter of the Bible is devoted to the amazing story of an incredible love partnership between two men.
- This story, part of Hebrew scripture for three thousand years, is God’s way of speaking to the modern church. I believe this is God’s message for the twenty first century church. Will the church listen to God?
I Believe This Is God's Message To The Modern Church
“Stop attacking gay and lesbian couples and get with My program! I brought Jonathan and David together as partners. I blessed them and I blessed their relationship from beginning to end.
Now, start acting like the loving Christians I intend you to be and reach out in love, not condemnation, to your gay brothers and lesbian sisters.”
God has a wise purpose for everything He allows. Knowing the controversy homosexuality would cause in the modern church, God inspired Samuel to record David’s unambiguous statement about his loving partnership with Jonathan
so we would know that God blesses and sanctifies gay relationships which are within the Biblical moral framework - committed, faithful, noncultic.
David And Jonathan Are An Excellent Example, In Scripture, Of a Same Sex Couple Who Dearly Loved Each Other, In Spite Of Fierce Opposition From King Saul.
God sometimes uses Analogy to teach us His will. Here are four Excellent Analogies in Scripture, for Affirming Gay Partnerships.
Speaking of Analogies, Here are Five More, Strong Analogies in Scripture, for Affirming Gay Partnerships.
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