Jonathan and David, the covenant

So much is said of David, his victories and his failures that I think we sometimes overlook Jonathan. We know that Jonathan and David had a deep love for each other. And Jonathan made a covenant with David.

1 Samuel 18:3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

I think this is interesting from a covenant point of view as we understand the oneness of marriage. We may want to understand what it means to become one. As you can see in 1 Samuel 18:4. Jonathan gave David his armor, sword, bow and belt. So that anyone seeing David would see Jonathan. They became one in the same.

This covenant agreement even surpassed the binding of family. Jonathan had proven that his love for David, provided David with protection from Jonathan’s father Saul. You can see in 1 Samuel 20:3 that that fact didn’t get past Saul. He understood where he stood in relation with David. I can only imagine that it really enraged him to know that not only was David getting more credit in his victories against their enemies but he had won over the Kings son as well.

1 Samuel 20:3 But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.” 4 Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.”

I have also heard it said that they became one in spirit. Which wasn’t a big leap for them. If you compare 1 Samuel 14:6 and 17:26, you’ll find that these two men had very similar faith in God and similar disdain for the Philistines. I love the little jab at the Philistines “of these uncircumcised”. Like wise with David, “Who is this uncircumcised”. They both were declaring that these people were not God’s people. They did not have the sign of the covenant.

Jonathan:

1 Samuel 14:6 Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” 

David: 

1 Samuel 17:26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Jonathan could have been God’s chosen. But he wasn’t. He was the likely successor to the King because he was the son of the King. He also was a faithful follower of God. Much like David, he loved God and hated God’s enemies.  But David was the chosen one and Jonathan died with his father.

I often wonder what it would be like to have a covenant relationship like David and Jonathan. Covenant isn’t something that we are very familiar with today. There are some fraternal orders that practice similar parts of covenant and associations like firemen who have a deep sense of support and camaraderie for each other. But to truly have a covenant relationship with someone is something that I just don’t think we comprehend in today’s world.

Pain Management Program day 10

“The mind body connection”!

Today has been a pretty good day. Except for forgetting to ‘not’ take my Lyrica last night and forgetting to set my alarm. I woke up at 7:22 and had to be upstairs by 8:00. That’s the nice thing about being a guy. It doesn’t take much to get ready. It was also good that I felt pretty well.

I knew at some point I was going to have to give more consideration to the relaxation techniques that we are being taught. I understand that not all of them are for everyone. We will pick and choose what works and leave the rest.  Today we had a session on Tai Chi. I was somewhat guarded as it was presented but had never given it enough thought as to why. As I think about it more, I understand that Tai Chi is a process of focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity.  As a Christian I looked to scripture and found Psalm 62:5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God;  my hope comes from him”. I know that’s just one of many but for me, I’ll pursue spiritual meditation in ways that I am more comfortable with.

We have also participated in guided imagery. When we first did it, I thought it was more like a fantasy vacation without leaving the room. We were guided by a psychologist and weren’t led to a spiritual guide or anything like that. After my experience with Tai Chi however, I think I’ll go back to Psalm 62 and listening to instrumental hymns. There are plenty of ways to meditate and relax the body without adventuring into New Age or Eastern Religions.

I mentioned that I forgot to stop my Lyrica last night. One of our sessions today was with the nurse who taught us about medications, their side affects and how they are misused. After the session, I met with her and she agreed that I could go ahead with the plan to completely stop the Lyrica. The next drug on my removal list will be the 1000Mg of Naproxen. I have several options like tapering, using as needed or just stopping cold turkey.  I may go with number two. The other that I am considering dropping is the Ambien CR. I have started using a CPAP since I started using Ambien and since I have increased my daily activity I am sleeping better.  This process will take several weeks if not longer. I don’t need to set myself into a tail spin. But I am anxious to get off what I don’t need.

Our other group session was a continuation of the irrational beliefs lesson. The introduction of the lesson was a review of “Disputing Twelve Irrational Beliefs” by Albert Ellis. It was a good introduction into creating a thought monitoring log. This process involves recording stressful situations, the way we think about them, how they affect us physically, emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively, and then disputing our thoughts with more rational thoughts. I think this will be hard for me. When my day is done I don’t tend to think back on it much but look forward to what has to be done. We’ll see. This old dog has been taught a lot of new tricks.

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My favorite quote

“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime. Nor is surrender to the will of God (per se) adequate to fullness of power in Christ. Maturity is the accomplishment of years, and I can only surrender to the will of God as I know what that will is.” Jim Elliot

Michael Ginn

If I need to put a first post on our blog I think this is one of the best I could add. This morning we had the opportunity to listen to Michael Ginn recite the Sermon on the Mount from memory. 50 some minutes without a pause or hesitation. And then another 20 or so minutes preaching on the text he had just shared with us.

Michael has been memorizing scripture for over 30 years. He has most of the New Covenent memorized and parts of the Old Covenant. I’ve heard the sermon on the mount twiwce and Ecclesiastes once. He has surely inspired me and honored God. I have been looking at the great speaches in the bible as something I’d like to memorize. Of course theres the Sermon on the Mount but I’d like to do Stephens response to the Pharisees, Gods response to Job, Joshuas instructions to Israel. There are so many. I think they are often the key moments in the bible that need to be understood well.

We’re going to be blessed by Michael again when we go to Camp Witness for a couples retreat. Can’t wait. If you want to know more about Michael here is his website: https://www.mginn.com/

Steve