Monday, August 6, 2012

the death of Saul

Good morning sisters and brothers,
We talked about Saul and David yesterday in worship. This story gives us the conclusion of the conflict between David and Saul. Though David spent years running from Saul, he never fought against him. In fact, the beginning of Second Samuel shows David hearing the news of this passage and grieving Saul's death. With Saul dead, David's path to the throne seems clear. The Philistines continue to be the most important enemies for Israel for much of David's reign.

God bless,


1 Samuel 31:1-6
Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and many fell on Mount Gilboa. 2The Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. 3The battle pressed hard upon Saul; the archers found him, and he was badly wounded by them. 4Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, so that these uncircumcised may not come and thrust me through, and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer was unwilling; for he was terrified. So Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. 5When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him. 6So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together on the same day. 7When the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley and those beyond the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their towns and fled; and the Philistines came and occupied them.

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