People of the Bible: Jonathan

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The loyalty and love between Jonathan and David is one of the most beautiful stories of friendship ever told.

A High Drama in the Style of Shakespeare

King Saul, an ancient Macbeth, loses his grip on reality and is clearly deteriorating. His son allies himself with the would-be-king, David. His daughter, the would-be-king’s wife, shifts loyalties as well. Driven insane with rage, Saul will stop at nothing until David is dead. But at what price?

David has only one glimmer of hope: God’s promise that he will be king. His faith tested to the extreme, David waits patiently for God’s timing.

A Shakespearean Tragedy

In the same vein of Shakespeare, we see tragedy. Saul takes his own life, and Jonathan, the loyal son and friend who’s caught in the middle, dies by his father’s side.

David is left grieving, and the world has lost a great friend.

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