"..and I will be next to thee, and Jonathan went to his house, but David stayed in the woods" Jonathan
In every achievement in life, there are people who play various critical roles. All of these roles can be summed up in two principles; the partakers principle and the bystanders principle.
With the partaker's principle, those that fall under it are those who one way or the other, contributed directly to the aforementioned achievement. They are people who took part in not just you being where you are right now but were with you getting there.
"It is you who have followed me in all my sufferings...." Jesus
"When I sit in glory, you shall sit in twelve thrones judging Isreal" Jesus
Those that partake in that achievement, share in the glory.
The eighty men of David, indeed the whole six hundred of them had more right to partake in David's glorification ie enthronement than Jonathan.
They were partakers of his journey to the point of enthronement.
But there are those who fall under the bystander principle. These are those who are side spectators and were either passive or active spectators. These may also translate to either have a negative or 'positive' influence.
The passive bystanders don't lift a finger when it matters. They are just onlookers and people who at best can only relate an event even more accurately than most because as it were, they were there from the beginning.
"The Lord had done great things for them"
These are the passive spectators who can tell anyone who cares to listen how these people were before the Lord did great things for them. They were familiar with the state of those people before God lifted them up. They were passivie and did not really contribute anything negative or otherwise. They were just watchers.
"And when they heard that we had built the wall.....they were less than nothing ...."
the player haters during the time of Nehemiah
These were active bystanders in the negative sense because they did their best to hinder the glory of God from shining forth. They actively pursued after their failure but didn't succeed. Active bystanders don't contribute any positive thing to the cause. Rather, they interfere and may even derail the whole issue if care is not taken.
"If God were to open the windows of heaven, can these things be?" The counsellor that had the ears of the king.
Here was a man who had the ears of the king. Here he was using his position to disuade or discourage the heart of the king from believing.
The Reward of the Bystander
"You shall see it with your eyes but shall not taste of it"
The reward of the active or passive bystander is different from the active or passive partaker.
Jonathan with all his words was not a partaker as such. The expectations of Jonathan was sadly misplaced. And there are bystanders who talk like partakers and make a show of being partakers.
The spiritual thing about this is that just as it is not your place to claim that you are either an active or passive partaker, it is also not your place to determine who a bystander or partaker is. Now it is your place to give honor to whom it is due. That is, there are those who visibly did things and should be acknowledged for what they did. But the spiritual reality is that those that walk under one principle or the other one will receive their just reward and it is not yours to give. So even of you say that so and so did so much good(or so much evil) to you in getting you to the place you are now, the real reward that will come to them is totally aside from your acknowledgement and will surely find its way home because it is what they sowed in the spiritual that would eventually manifest in the physical. Jonathan's 'prophecy' about David's enthronement came to pass but the most critical part was missing because he was not part of it. Water will find its level.
Now does this mean that you should see evil and call it good or draw it near you because you don't really know whether what you are calling evil is good? No! Evil is evil and you shall know them by their fruits.
"I will not allow any wicked thing to stand before me" somewhere in the Psalms
"If the good man of the house knew when the thief...he would not have allowed his house to be broken into" Jesus
Act in accordance with what is revealed but acknowledge everyone that visibly contributed to your achievement. The reward doesn't come from you, it comes from what they have sown in secret and not what is seen publicly that your are now acknowledging. If someone has helped you(by all visible standards), then acknowledging and even rewarding him if it's in your power to is all good and proper.
"When thou doesth good, don't do good to....lest they repay you" Jesus
So if it's in your power to repay, then don't hold back.
The partaker/bystander principle follows after everyone when it comes to their contribution to an achievement in the real sense of the word because that which they have sown will find them out inspite of what is apparent to all. It is the work of their hands that finds them out. If that man who had the kings ears had gone to hide in shame or had acknowledged the supremacy of God, he may not have died. But he still went on to find relevance in something he did not partake in, in something he chose to be a bystander on and he paid the ultimate price for it. Bystanders who force there way into partaking eventually pay the price of humiliation or worse. There are people who think that as long as some people don't know how they were just bystanders, that they can stand side by side with you as partakers. They fool themselves and are actually walking on dangerous ground. Haman was an active bystander in the upliftment of Mordecai and he too payed the ultimate price at various levels. Don't fret with those you think shouldn't be on your train. If they did visible wrong, then you have the responsibility to address them as or with such and deal with that issue squarely.
"But it was you o my friend, we used to walk to the house of the Lord together...take sweet counsel together"
"If it were my enemy, I would have hid myself from him"
Address the issue and take the expected action when it is evidently seen. But as for the rest, there works will find them out and they won't enter into a place that is not there's. And them doing so would only translate to certain destruction because the scripture cannot be broken. Thank you