1Samuel 18:3, Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
What does it mean to make a covenant with someone? The word covenant used in this verse is Strong’s number H1285, it is taken from H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, covenant, league.
Participating in a covenant is a serious affair; it means that no matter what circumstances may evolve — the covenant stands — it is not affected by a change of circumstances. There is a concept known as Relativism which is the philosophical position stating that all points of view are equally valid and all truth is relative to the individual and a similar concept called “situational ethics” that states that decision making ought to be based upon the circumstances of the particular situation; not upon fixed law; that the only absolute is love. Love should be the motive behind every decision; as long as love is your intention, the end justifies the means. These two modern concepts are contrary to YHVH’s principle of covenant. When Saul demanded that Jonathan turn David over to him Jonathan stuck to his covenant with David.
1Samuel 20:8, “Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you…”
Verses 16-18, And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God. Thus he said to him, “Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you; and Saul my father knows that also.” So the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.
Jonathan didn’t look at the situation and say, “Sorry buddy, ole pal, but dad’s going to disinherit me if I continue to hang with you, so you’re on your own bud!” No! He honored the covenant he and David had sworn to each other. YHVH is that to us; He doesn’t change His mind because of our fickleness. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. When he made that covenant before Abraham it was for all eternity; we are His! The question is: Is He, YHVH, ours like we are His?