W.A.R. Bible Study: 5 People You Need in Your Life – Lesson #5

“People That Covenant with You!”

Study Date: March 10, 2020

From Time to Eternity

Everybody Needs a Ride or Die

I Samuel 18:1-4

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. [2] And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. [3] Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. [4] And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

1 Samuel 18:1-4 KJV

David and Jonathan

The story of David and Jonathan is one of the most endearing Old Testament biblical accounts of true covenant friendship.  It paints a picture of true friendship that embellishes loyalty and illuminates how blessed it is to have a friendship that survives the test of time. 

After David killed the giant Goliath, he cut his head off. David was brought before King Saul by Abner, the captain of the host still holding Goliath’s head in his hands.  King Saul asked David, “Whose son are you?”  David said, “I am Jesse, the Bethlemites son!” Chapter 18 unfolds by saying, “And it came to pass after David finished speaking to the king that the soul of Jonathan was knit to David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul!”  Jonathan was Kings Saul’s son. There was an immediate bond between David and Jonathan that day. Jonathan became committed to David as his number one advocate. Saul moved David into the palace that day and David never returned to his fathers house again.  Verse 3 says that Jonathan, out of his deep love for David, made a covenant with him. Verse 4 – He formalized it with solemn gifts: his own royal robe and weapons—armor, sword, bow, and belt. The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David. They established a covenant relationship that would eternally forge them together no matter what came their way. 

There are four aspects that describe a covenant relationship:

  • A SOUL TIE – The soul of Jonathon was knit with the soul of David. “Knit with the soul” is a Hebrew idiom that denotes an expression of great affection that meant to tie together
  • A LOVE CONNECTION – Jonathan and David made a covenant: The word covenant means, “to cut.”  In the Old Testament its reference was to the cutting and dividing of animals into parts and the contracting parties walking through them, in making a covenant. The inference was that if either violated the covenant they would become as the butchered animals. The word covenant means a binding together by the shedding of blood. The most important characteristic of a covenant is that it is cemented by love. Love makes the agreement operable.  
  • A LIVING SACRIFICE – Jonathan stripped himself of the robe and gave it to David, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. It made the two equals. “I will strip off my royalty so that we can be on the same level.” A covenant relationship gives without looking for something in return. 
  • AN ETERNAL ARRANGEMENT – They are assigned by God to help keep you on the right course toward eternity.

Group Questions

  1. What is the difference between a negative soul tie and a positive soul tie?
  2. How does a covenant relationship prepare you for eternity?
  3. How is Jonathon a type of Christ? What are the similarities in this story?

Group Discussion on Biblical Principles

Read and discuss how the following verses relate to soul ties.

  1. Proverbs 22:24-25
  2. Psalm 26:9 
  3. Proverbs 29:24 
  4. Mark 8:36-37 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. How are friendships tested?
  2. How do you know you are in a covenant relationship?
  3. How concerned are you about the eternal security of those you love?
  4. Why are so many Christians unconcerned about evangelism?
  5. Can you have a covenant relationship with an unbeliever?
  6. Why do you think soul ties are so powerful?
  7. How can you break a negative soul tie?
  8. How can you make a covenant relationship stronger?
  9. Name 4 characteristics of a covenant relationship. 

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