14 day plan


Day 13 of 14


2 Samuel 1:25-26

25“The brave soldiers have fallen,

they were killed in battle.

Jonathan lies dead in the hills.

26“I grieve for you, my brother Jonathan;

how dear you were to me!

How wonderful was your love for me,

better even than the love of women.

Reflections: Thank God for friends  When we read David’s eulogy for Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1 it can break our hearts. In great anguish David named his friend, thanked God for him and said publicly what he appreciated about him. Friendship is a
great gift that God has given us in his mercy to bear fruit for his kingdom. Biblical friendships can give strength and encouragement to us in our lives as believers. We should be very thankful to God for the gift of friendship.  It’s hard to know how to build a friendship if you don’t know who you need to work with. I encourage you to get out a piece of paper and write down the names of your friends. This is one of the most helpful ways to cultivate friendship. When we name our friends, we can see that we do have friends, that we may need to put some more effort into certain friendships, reassess some friendships and maybe free ourselves up to pursue some new friendships. Naming our friends also allows us to pray for our friends and thank God for them. I’ve been convicted that I don’t pray regularly enough
with or for my friends. I need to be a bit more like David.

Questions:  Who are some friends in your life that you should thank God for? Pray for them by name.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the friends that you have placed in my life. Thank you for … [name your friends]. Please help me to be a friend who is loving, sacrificial and one who looks outward from myself and is a friend who bears fruit for your kingdom. Amen.

 We’re reading the Bible until June 30th with Caitlin Orr.  Caitlin is an Assistant Minister at Watsons Bay Anglican Church in Sydney.

2 Samuel 1:1-27

David Learns of Saul's Death

1After Saul's death David came back from his victory over the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag for two days. 2The next day a young man arrived from Saul's camp. To show his grief, he had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head. He went to David and bowed to the ground in respect. 3David asked him, “Where have you come from?”

“I have escaped from the Israelite camp,” he answered.

4“Tell me what happened,” David said.

“Our army ran away from the battle,” he replied, “and many of our men were killed. Saul and his son Jonathan were also killed.”

5“How do you know that Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David asked him.

6 He answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and I saw that Saul was leaning on his spear and that the chariots and cavalry of the enemy were closing in on him. 7Then he turned around, saw me, and called to me. I answered, ‘Yes, sir!’ 8He asked who I was, and I told him that I was an Amalekite. 9Then he said, ‘Come here and kill me! I have been badly wounded, and I'm about to die.’ 10So I went up to him and killed him, because I knew that he would die anyway as soon as he fell. Then I took the crown from his head and the bracelet from his arm, and I have brought them to you, sir.”

11David tore his clothes in sorrow, and all his men did the same. 12They grieved and mourned and fasted until evening for Saul and Jonathan and for Israel, the people of the Lord, because so many had been killed in battle.

13David asked the young man who had brought him the news, “Where are you from?”

He answered, “I'm an Amalekite, but I live in your country.”

14David asked him, “How is it that you dared kill the Lord's chosen king?” 15Then David called one of his men and said, “Kill him!” The man struck the Amalekite and mortally wounded him, 16and David said to the Amalekite, “You brought this on yourself. You condemned yourself when you confessed that you killed the one whom the Lord chose to be king.”

David's Lament for Saul and Jonathan

17David sang this lament for Saul and his son Jonathan, 18 and ordered it to be taught to the people of Judah. (It is recorded in The Book of Jashar.)

19“On the hills of Israel our leaders are dead!

The bravest of our soldiers have fallen!

20Do not announce it in Gath

or in the streets of Ashkelon.

Do not make the women of Philistia glad;

do not let the daughters of pagans rejoice.

21“May no rain or dew fall on Gilboa's hills;

may its fields be always barren!

For the shields of the brave lie there in disgrace;

the shield of Saul is no longer polished with oil.

22Jonathan's bow was deadly,

the sword of Saul was merciless,

striking down the mighty, killing the enemy.

23“Saul and Jonathan, so wonderful and dear;

together in life, together in death;

swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.

24“Women of Israel, mourn for Saul!

He clothed you in rich scarlet dresses

and adorned you with jewels and gold.

25“The brave soldiers have fallen,

they were killed in battle.

Jonathan lies dead in the hills.

26“I grieve for you, my brother Jonathan;

how dear you were to me!

How wonderful was your love for me,

better even than the love of women.

27“The brave soldiers have fallen,

their weapons abandoned and useless.”