Today’s passage: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
- While David and his men were fighting the Amalekites, Saul and his men were being defeated by the Philistines.
- It was a terrible day for Israel (Verse 6). The defeat was so thorough the king’s dead body was just left on the battle field. The Philistines took land and cities all the way to the other side of the Jordan!
- Saul preferred suicide to what he knew the Philistines would do to him. His act encouraged his armor-bearer to do the same.
- Saul and his sons’ bodies were displayed within the newly acquired territory in a grotesque way. The people of Jabesh-gilead would later be commended for their efforts to respect Saul and his sons (2 Samuel 2:5-7)
Questions to consider:
- If David was about to become king of Israel, what kind of nation was he going to be leading (In the world’s eyes)? What is the condition of the nation? What crisis are they in?
- What might have been running through Saul’s mind as all this transpired? What had Samuel told him would happen? (1 Samuel 28:19)
- What had been the final fruits of the king Israel asked for? Why is this book able to end with such tragedy, while at the same time have an undercurrent of hope? What is God about to do? (2 Samuel 7:12-16, Matthew 1:1)