Story About Friendship In The Bible

The story about friendship in the bible is about two men who died and made it to heaven. They were friends for a whole year before going to heaven. One day they decided that they wanted to see the remaining people on earth. They snuck out of heaven and sneaked back into their home town where they paraded themselves in front of everybody. After having seen this, God punished them by sending them back to earth where they had to walk through hell while being barefoot. This teaches us how if we are going to do something that goes against the will of God then we will be punished no matter what so we should take it easy.

Are humans inherently good or evil? That is a very common philosophical question that is as old as philosophy itself. Are we essentially selfish or selfless beings? You see, there are only two possibilities regarding this question: either people are innately selfless or they are innately selfish creatures. These two stances are sharply divided among philosophers and thinkers alike.

Joseph and his brothers engaged in many new relationships during their time in Egypt. After Joseph revealed his true identity to his family, his brothers bowed down to him. They sought reconciliation after having sorely hurt Joseph. Upon realizing the error of their ways, they begged Joseph’s forgiveness. Rashi communicates their sadness with the words “they fell on their faces.” The French Midrash (Shemot Rabbah) says that they fell on their faces like people fall when struck by a hammer, never to rise again.

Friendship is a word commonly used in everyday life referring to a relationship between two individuals. When described as between God and man, friendship has a more profound meaning. This meaning has been given in the Holy Bible and illustrated through various characters. The following themes will be discussed, among others; how God is depicted as a friend to his people in the Bible which reflects his love for them; how the gesture of friendship between fathers’ and sons’ was carried out, as well as that of friends amongst themselves.

Story About Friendship In The Bible

God’s intention of friendship is love. Friendship should be less about what we get out of it and more about how we can serve God through it. 1 Corinthians 13:13 reminds us that out of “faith, hope, and love… the greatest of these is love.”

Jesus reiterated the importance of love when he reminded His followers to love God first with all their heart and soul (Matthew 22:37) and then love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39)

Story About Friendship In The Bible

An Unlikely Friendship

Jonathan, already a great man of war, likely met the young David in the palace on one of the many occasions that David was called upon to play the harp, or lyre, for the emotionally tormented King Saul. (“David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” 1 Samuel 17:15). Their friendship began though soon after David slew Goliath.

“As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head. . . . After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” (1 Samuel 17:57, 18:1).

Imagine Jonathan’s first impressions of the young musician/giant slayer: warrior by day, song writer by night. It isn’t often in life that your hero is younger than you, but this was the case for Jonathan. David was a hero. He could soothe the king, defeat the enemy, and cause the ladies to swoon.

Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands,  and David his tens of thousands” (1 Samuel 18:5-7).

While most men in Jonathan’s shoes would have felt jealous and threatened, Jonathan saw what God saw in David: “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). And David was “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). David often gets recognition for his heart for God, but Jonathan clearly had a depth of spiritual insight and discernment worth mentioning and remembering. 

Commonalities That Bonded Them Together

Jonathan and David came from very different backgrounds, but they had a few key things in common: They were both warriors, they were men of faith who served the living God, they were provided with God-given courage and strength, and they needed each other.

A Covenant Friendship

They became fast friends and sealed their friendship with an oath.

And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt (1 Samuel 18:1-4).

Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever’” (1 Samuel 20:42).

We know a few other things from the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. We know that David married Jonathan’s sister, Michal, and became Jonathan’s brother-in-law (1 Samuel 18:27). Jonathan ended up protecting David and saving his life (19:1-6, 20:1-42). David was chosen by God and appointed to replace Saul as king of Israel instead of Jonathan, and still Jonathan loved David (20:31). Only a true friend could make this statement: “You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you” (23:17).  After Jonathan’s death, David wrote him a lament, or funeral dirge, in which he, once again, expressed his deep and undying love:

“Saul and Jonathan—
    in life they were loved and admired,
    and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
    they were stronger than lions.

How the mighty have fallen in battle!
    Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
    you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
    more wonderful than that of women.”

(2 Samuel 1:23, 25-26)

In Jonathan’s honor, David cared for his son, Mephibosheth (lame in both feet), who ate at David’s table “like one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11).

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