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Jonathan and Michal to the Rescue of David
Bible Passage 1 Samuel 19:1-18
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 1 Samuel, Exodus, Leviticus.

Jonathan and Michal to the Rescue of David

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached February 1, 2023

1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all his officials to kill David, but Saul’s son Jonathan was very fond of David.

2 So Jonathan told David, “My father Saul is trying to kill you. In the morning be careful and stay hidden in a secret place.

3 I’ll go out and stand by my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to my father about you. If I find out what he intends to do, I’ll tell you.”

4 Jonathan spoke to his father Saul favorably about David. “The king shouldn’t wrong his servant David because he has not wronged you and because what he has done has been very beneficial for you.

5 He risked his life and struck down the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a spectacular deliverance for all Israel. You saw that and rejoiced, so why would you do wrong and shed innocent blood by killing David without cause?”

6 Saul listened to Jonathan, and swore by the life of the LORD that David would not be killed.

7 Jonathan summoned David and told him all this. Then Jonathan brought David to Saul, and David served him as before.

8 The war continued and David went out to fight against the Philistines. He thoroughly defeated them, and they fled before David.

9 The evil spirit from the LORD attacked Saul while he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand and David was playing the lyre.

10 Saul tried to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he jumped away from Saul and the spear stuck in the wall. That night David escaped and fled.

11 Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him so they could kill him in the morning. David’s wife, Michal, told him, “If you don’t escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be put to death.”

12 So Michal let David down through the window, and he escaped and fled.

13 Then Michal took the household idol and laid it on the bed with a cover of goat hair placed at its head. Then she covered it with clothes.

14 When Saul sent the messengers to take David, Michal said, “He’s sick.”

15 Then Saul sent messengers to check on David. He told them, “Bring him to me on the bed so I may kill him.”

16 The messengers went in, and there was the household idol in the bed with the cover of goat hair at its head!

17 Then Saul told Michal, “Why did you deceive me like this and let my enemy go so he could escape?” Michal told Saul, “He told me, ‘Let me go or I’ll kill you!’”

18 David escaped and fled. He came to Samuel at Ramah and told him all Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went and stayed at Naioth.


For a while, Jonathan was successful in persuading his father to stop trying to kill David.

In the past, Saul tried to kill David in a secret way. Saul hated David so much that he even told his son Jonathan and his officials to kill him. Jonathan told David to hide from Saul. Jonathan spoke to his father Saul and tried to stop him. Jonathan was more loyal to David than to his father. He reminded his father about the great things that David had done; striking down Goliath

Saul listened to Jonathan and realized that he was wrong. He made a serious promise to God to allow David to live. So David went and served Saul again.

However, David’s further military successes made Saul jealous again. He made two more attempts on David’s life, first at the palace, then at David’s house. This time another of Saul’s family, Michal, helped David escape (see Ps 59).

Michal was more loyal to her husband David than to her father Saul. Michal saved David’s life. Saul’s servants watched the door of David’s house. So, David had to get out of a window where the servants could not see him. The window was probably on the first floor of their house. So, Michal had to help David get down to the ground.

Michal had an idol in her house. This shows that Israelites worshipped other gods as well as the Lord. However, the Bible does not say that David ever worshipped idols. Michal made the idol look like a person in bed. God’s laws state that it is wrong to lie (Leviticus 19:11) and wrong to murder (Exodus 20:13). Michal thought that it was best to protect David. But to do that she had to tell a lie.

This gave David more time to run away from Saul. In verse 17, Michal lies again. Perhaps she was afraid that Saul might kill her.

David found safety with Samuel at Ramah. Three times Saul sent men to arrest David, but each time they were overcome by the power of God’s Spirit that worked through Samuel and his followers.

In the end, Saul himself went, but he too was overcome by God’s Spirit.


🔷 God will always protect His people and keep them from evil people

🔷 Choose friends and partners wisely. Choose those who would not envy but rather encourage and support you

🔷 Never be an accomplice in any evil plan or agenda

🔷 All our actions and inactions must be geared towards protecting innocent people and saving lives rather than destroying them.

💥 Pray for your friends to remain loyal to each other
💥 Pray against every enemy plan or attack

The world is very dark. With the success that God grants, you will find many envious people who often forget about their own gifts to chase and destroy you. But God will never forget His own.

In series Bright Morning Reflections