DAVID AND JONATHAN:
In 1037, B.C., in Canaan, Samuel, the reigning judge, choose Saul and anointed him to be king over Israel. Saul, at first, was a good leader but in time fell a victim to the corruption of absolute power and also became quite irrational in his thinking. David was a skilled performer on the harp and when it was realized that music had a soothing effect on the king, David was appointed by the king as Court Musician. On joining the royal household, David became a firm friend of Jonathan, the kingís son. As time passed, David distinguished himself, not only as a musician, but as a warrior. You will recall his successful encounter with Goliath, the Philistine giant. This inspired the king to give David greater responsibility and, as the leader of men, David became famous throughout the land. His success brought so much public adulation however, that Saul became jealous and but for the help of Michal ( Saulís daughter and Davidís wife) and his friend, Jonathan, David would have been assassinated.
The ritual work in the Degrees of the Order of the Secret Monitor relates to this latter situation and you can read it in the Old Testament in 1 Samuel XX.
Davidís position as potential successor to the kingship seems to have become an open secret. Saul, aware of this, vindictively pursued David. Eventually, Saul and David were reconciled.
Shortly afterwards (1018 B.C.) Jonathan and his two brothers were killed in a disastrous battle against the Philistines, near Mount Gilboa. In despair, Saul committed suicide.
David was accepted as King by the people of Judah. David reigned over Judah for seven years and over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years. He died in 978 B.C. and was succeeded by his son, Solomon.
(Prepared by Most Worthy Brother John DANN PGSR from various sources.)