[Linux4christians] Saturday - 1 Samuel 31
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1 Samuel 31
The Death of Saul
31:1 Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel. The men of Israel
fled from the Philistines and many of them fell dead on Mount Gilboa.
31:2 The Philistines stayed right on the heels of Saul and his sons.
They struck down Saul's sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malki-Shua. 31:3
Saul himself was in the thick of the battle; the archers spotted him and
wounded him severely.
31:4 Saul said to his armor bearer, "Draw your sword and stab me with
it! Otherwise these uncircumcised people will come, stab me, and torture
me." But his armor bearer refused to do it, because he was very afraid.
So Saul took his sword and fell on it. 31:5 When his armor bearer saw
that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died with him.
31:6 So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and all his men died
together that day.
31:7 When the men of Israel who were in the valley and across the Jordan
saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were
dead, they abandoned the cities and fled. The Philistines came and
31:8 The next day, when the Philistines came to strip loot from the
corpses, they discovered Saul and his three sons lying dead on Mount
Gilboa. 31:9 They cut off Saul's head and stripped him of his armor.
They sent messengers to announce the news in the temple of their idols
and among their people throughout the surrounding land of the
Philistines. 31:10 They placed Saul's armor in the temple of the
Ashtoreths and hung his corpse on the city wall of Beth Shan.
31:11 When the residents of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had
done to Saul, 31:12 all their warriors set out and traveled throughout
the night. They took Saul's corpse and the corpses of his sons from the
city wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them. 31:13
They took the bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh;
then they fasted for seven days.
Lord, sometimes You express Your permissive will, allowing humankind to
make choices and deal with the consequences, and sometimes You declare a
certain path and it is always done. May I pray and study, gaining
knowledge and understanding so that Your Holy Spirit will grant me the
wisdom to recognize the difference.
Saul went to war with the Philistines without the blessing and
protection of the Lord God, indeed God had prophesied through a vision
of Samuel that he and his sons would be killed and his army fall to the
As prophesied Saul's sons were killed, as was Saul, and Saul was
decapitated. His body (head and torso) and that of his sons were hung on
the city wall of Beth Shan.
Israelites in Jabesh Gilead, apparently not involved in the battle,
heard what had been done with the bodies and traveled by night to
recover and burn the bodies, then they fasted for seven days.
Saul was doomed from the moment the battle began because the Lord God
had decided that his time as king had ended.
Do you think it was wise for the warriors from Jabesh Gilead to risk
their lives to recover the bodies of Saul and his sons?
The Lord God allowed the pagan Philistines to serve as His instruments
to remove Saul from leadership.
When have you experienced or observed the Lord God working His will in
the lives of Hid people through the instrument of non-believers?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place where a non-believer either
has been or is being used as an instrument of the Lord God in your life.
Today I will raise a prayer of thanks or a prayer for protection and
wisdom for the non-believer whom the Lord God has chosen as His
instrument in my life.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Sunday's text will be: 2 Samuel 1
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Personal Site: http://bibleseven.com
Bible Resources: http://bible.org
Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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