Today’s story is from 1 Samuel 18-21.
So David had been chosen by God to replace Saul as king one day. He had also defeated the giant Goliath and so defeated the whole Philistine army by the power of God.
The people were so amazed by what David had done that they started to like David more than king Saul and that made Saul jealous and angry! He wanted the people to like HIM best!
King Saul had a son named Jonathan. Jonathan and David became best friends and whenever there was a fight, they would fight together and because they followed God, He would help them win. Then the people liked David even more.
Sometimes when king Saul was feeling sad or was bored, he would have David come and play some music for him. David loved to write and sing songs.
One day while David was playing for Saul, king Saul got so mad thinking about how much the people liked David that he threw his spear (kind of like a really big arrow) at David to kill him. But he missed.
He then decided to just keep sending David to fight (hoping he would die while fighting), but God always helped David win.
When David came back from defeating all of Israel’s enemies, Saul again tried to throw his spear and kill David, but David once again escaped.
That night he ran away. Saul sent some of his men to find David, but he was gone. David found Jonathan and said, “Why is your dad trying to kill me? Have I done anything wrong?”
“No! And I promise to help you!” said Jonathan.
David and Jonathan promised to always be best friends and help each other’s families.
David asked Jonathan to help him.
“The king has asked me to join him at a feast tomorrow. I will not be there. I will be hiding in this field. When he asks where I am, you can tell him I had to go somewhere else. If he’s ok with it, then everything is ok. If he is angry, then I’ll know he’s really trying to kill me.”
When Jonathan went to the feast and king Saul asked where David was, he was very very angry!
Jonathan ran to field with a small boy. He shot three arrows into the field and told the boy to go! go! go! far into the field to go get the arrows. This was a sign to David that HE needed to go! far away because king Saul was planning to kill David.
Jonathan ran out into the field to David and they said goodbye. They were both very sad that David had to go for now, but they promised again to always be friends and take care of each other.
This is not the end of the story for David, but it’s where we’ll end for today. Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!