What about Jonathan And David?
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” 2 Timothy 3:16.
We are told “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 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.
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 gay men and lesbians. This exceptional love story, the longest and most in depth human love story in the Bible, receives major emphasis because God the Holy Spirit, the ultimate Author of scripture, chose to give it major emphasis.
“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.” 1 Samuel 18:1-3.
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, 1 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 they never had children.The great love of David's life was Crown Prince Jonathan, the first born son of a King. The great love of Jonathan's life was David, the last born son of a rancher. Theirs was a God ordained romantic match from beginning to end.
Jonathan and David
First, Saul plays matchmaker between David and Princess Michal, knowing that the temperamental and spoiled Princess will be a snare to David if they marry, 1 Samuel 18:21.
Second, Saul orders David into battle, hoping the Philistines will kill him, 1 Samuel 18:25.
Third, Saul sends assassins to David’s home to kill him, 1 Samuel 19:11.
Fourth, Saul personally tries to kill both Jonathan and David with his javelin, 1 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.
“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. God is for gay marriage!
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.
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