Sunday Sermon by: Dr. Paul de Vries
KEY: And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. = I Samuel 20:17
There are many great themes people have proposed for 2017, and numerous Bible verses that brothers or sisters in the Lord could select as wise, focused sources of Divine Light for the new year, 2017. This passage from I Samuel -- and especially verse 20:17 -- seems especially well-suited. Family and friends are intensely precious gifts from the Lord, and in our present divided and divisive culture, family members and friends have become even more important. In this text, Jonathan and David were closest of friends and brothers-in-law in a tragically dysfunctional family. Sadly, arguments about the Lord, or about personal or group plans, or about politics and other subjects can very hurtfully divide people. However, the Lord Jesus commanded us to love even our enemies -- whether or not some of them are also "family" or "friends" -- and to love also all human beings, being an attentive good "neighbor" to all. An especially important truth is -- whether our friendships and family relationships are between women, or between men, or between women and men -- that the Lord is also a vital part of those relationships to keep them helpful. For very good reason, in this paragraph of 7 verses the Lord is mentioned 6 times! Divine relational triangles matter. Even if the other people do not know the Lord, your own vibrant relationship with the Lord makes a huge difference for your relationships, and it is a transforming step to introduce the other person to the living Lord, too. May the Divine triangles be everywhere! ...expanding the enduring light from I Samuel 20:17.