Wednesday, March 13, 2024

March 13, 2024

We are concluding 1 Samuel with the Philistines fighting against Israel. Saul’s three sons were killed right before his eyes, and an arrow hit him. Not wanting to be tormented by the Philistines, Saul asked his armor-bearer to kill him, but he was too afraid and refused, so Saul fell on his own sword and died. Rather than removing their dead bodies for a decent burial, the armor bearer also fell on his sword, killing himself. The next day, while the Philistines were stripping the bodies of the dead of their valuables, they found Saul and his sons. They took them and displayed them by hanging them up on the wall of Bethshan. They cut off Saul’s head and sent it throughout the land of the Philistines and posted his armor in the temple of Ashtaroth. Some valiant men of Israel took the bodies down and burned them. 

We can see from this story that justice was served against Saul. David refused to seek revenge against Saul for trying to kill him. However, David was God’s anointed and a man after his heart, so he worked out the details to bring him into his kingdom when the time was right. Because we are God’s children and are his beloved, we can count on him to justify us for any wrongdoing done to us by our enemy. It may take some time, but we learn to trust him during the process. Wait for it; it will surely come.

So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together. 1 Samuel 31:6

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