Jonathan was a man of faith, courage, vision, unselfishness and spiritual. He was next in line for the throne. But he knew that David was God’s anointed. Jonathan gave David his robe and his garments, his sword and bow and his girdle. Jonathan wanted to serve David, when David would become King. Saul Jonathan’s father tried to kill David and David ran for his life, but even though Jonathan knew that David was God’s anointed, Jonathan stayed in his father’s house.
1 Samuel 22:1-2 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullan: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
Jonathan should have gone to the cave with David and his men. But he didn’t. There are some people who can see the anointing, but don’t want to leave the old order. The church.
Because Jonathan stayed with Saul, he died with Saul. He could have reigned with David. He wanted to. But he wouldn’t leave Saul. You have to decide, you can’t serve two kings at the same time. Go to where the Spirit of God is.
Zadok a descendent of Aaron, and of the tribe of Levi, on the other hand, served David, in the bad times and then he got to serve him in the good times. Zadok was a Seer, and stuck with David when Absalom tried to usurp the throne. When Adonijah tried to overthrow David. Zadok was on David’s side, because he knew that David was the anointed. God’s chosen. Because of Zadok’s faithfulness to God and his anointing, God used Zadok’s descendants in a mighty way. Jerusha (daughter of Zadok) was the mother of Jotham, a mighty King of Judah. He was a good King and did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. Zadok’s great-great grandson was the first priest in Solomon’s Temple, the glory of the Lord filled the temple so that the priest couldn’t stand to minister. Azariah, was the priest in the Temple under Hezekiah, when they cleaned up the Temple, this caused a Revival that shook the nation. Ezra, was a priest who came back from Babylon to rebuild the Temple.
Ezekiel had a vision, about an eternal temple made without hands, this is a ministry reserved for the sons of Zadok.
In Ezekiel it says, It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.
But Jonathan, even though his heart was right, didn’t do the right thing, Jonathan should have left Saul, the old order, the church, and followed the anointing. But he didn’t. Will you?
Diane Ebaugh Sutton