2 Samuel 1:1-27
As we start the second book of Samuel, we are told of David’s reaction to the news of the death of Saul and is sons. David and his men just returned from the victory over the Amalekites when a young man came to deliver news about the war between Israel and the Philistines. The young man was an Amalekite and he gave a narration, albeit slightly falsified, of how Israel was defeated in battle. The young man also claimed that he was responsible for killing Saul when he was in misery of the pain of death.
In reality, the young man thought he was bringing David a good news of the death of his ‘enemy’ Saul. He probably thought he would be rewarded by David. David however made it known to him that he had just killed the Lord’s anointed, and he asked the young man to be killed, as he brought it on his own head. David was ot the one to rejoice in the death of Saul despite the hatred Saul had for him.
In the concluding part of the first chapter, David composed a song for Saul and his son Jonathan, who was David’s faithful friend. He asked the searching question that, “How are the mighty fallen”? Saul and Jonathan were indeed mighty men, with numerous victories in battle, but they fell easily at the last battle. It was really more because of what Saul brought upon himself by disobeying God.
How are the mighty fallen? They are fallen when God leaves them, when they begin to depend on themselves and not God, when the source and the sustenance departs, the mighty falls. Conttinue to rely on God, trust in him, depend on him, and you will never fall.
Some verses to remember
vs 14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD’S anointed?
vs 19: The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!