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David’s Eulogy of Jonathan


2 Samuel 1:25, 26
“I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women,” 2 Samuel 1:26.

What will people say about you at your funeral? What would you like them to say? I have attended many funerals, and the content of the eulogies is always positive. Something nice can be said about virtually any person who has ever lived, and that is usually why funerals are held: to celebrate the life of the deceased.
When King David eulogized the life of Jonathan, he said something that is not said at too many funerals. He said, “Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women” (verse 26). It should be obvious that David is not speaking inappropriately about his relationship with Jonathan, and, yet, this statement is not something you hear too often to describe friendships. What did David mean by this comment? He meant that, though Jonathan could have fought for his right to inherit the throne of Israel as Saul’s son, he denied himself that pleasure and radically supported David as God’s choice to rule the nation. The kind of love that Jonathan expressed for David was so rare, it exceeded the devotion found in relationships with the opposite sex because these kinds of relationships typically hinge upon some degree of self-gratification. Jonathan had nothing to gain personally from denying himself the right to the throne and yielding to God’s will in selecting David, yet, that is exactly what he did, and God honored him for it.
I would like it to be said about me at my funeral that I loved God so much that I was willing to forego my own satisfaction and fulfillment to enjoy the desires of God.

JUST A THOUGHT
Will you yield to God’s will today?

Mark Clements

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