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Well tonight in our continuing look at some unlikely heroes in Scripture, and particularly for now in the Old Testament, we come to a man named Jonathan--Jonathan, the man who would not be king. And in order for us to tell the story, we have to begin in 1 Samuel, chapter 8. So take your Bible and open it. And as you know, if you have been with us, this is a little bit of a different approach than taking a text and dealing with that text. We are sweeping through great portions of Old Testament literature and we will essentially do that again tonight as we look at Jonathan. And this kind of fits a Father's Day, because this is about sons and fathers. And as you will hear, when the story unfolds, all kinds of fathers and all kinds of sons will play roles in this part of the saga of the history of Israel and the purposes of God unfolding through them.

But for a beginning text, if you want to write down a passage, it would be 1 Samuel 23, 1 Samuel 23:16 and 17. We'll use that as sort of a launch point, and then we'll back up from there. First Samuel 23:16 and 17 says, "Then Jonathan, Saul's son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God and he said to him, 'Do not fear for the hand of Saul, my father, shall not find you, you shall be king over Israel and I shall be next to you,'" 1 Samuel 23:16 and 17.

That picks up the story fairly well down the path when Jonathan has already established a friendship with David and is David's great protector, even though David will be the king that Jonathan might have been had his father's line not been cursed. But let's back up from there....

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