The Death of Saul

1 Chr 10:1-14

At last we move on to the stories in the history in the first book of the Chronicles. It picks up from the defeat of Israel by the Philistines in mount Gilboa, attained also by the death of Saul and his sons.

The battle was very fierce, with arrows flying all around. Saul was struck by one of these arrows, and for fear of being killed by the uncircumcised Philistines, he requested his armour bearer should slay him. The young man declined, so Saul threw himself on his own Saul, the young armour bearer followed after him in death later.

The Israelites were defeated and the fled from the Philistines. The men living in the valley also fled their city, and it became occupied by the Philistines. The next day, the Philistines saw Saul’s dead body, and cut off his head. They took his armour also and hung his head in the temple of their god. However, the brave men of Jabesh-gilead went, and took back the body of Saul and his sons, and gave him proper burial.

So we learnt Saul died because of his disobedience to God, he fell because of his sins, and David was made king  in his stead.

We will do well to obey God. There is life in this. If he did not spare Saul, how much more if we also reject his love and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. It would be like despising Him, and a fearsome judgement will surely await.


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