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King Saul Falls on His Sword (I Samuel 31, II Samuel 1)

August 14, 2012 by Pito


Although Saul had been told on the previous day that he would die in the battle against the Philistines, there is no evidence that he made any attempt to prepare to meet his God. His sad life came to a sad end, his heart hardened so that he could find no repentance. Our Lord warns us against this by declaring, “Exhort one another daily while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” We dare not ignore the width and depth of this warning, lest we end up like Saul.

Leaders have a high responsibility due to their influence on the followers of Christ. “My brethren, let not many of you be teachers,  knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1   Do not forget that your leaders are sinners too! The higher the pedestal, the farther the fall is in the eyes of those who exalt them. Psalm 146:3  “Do not put your trust in a son of man, in whom there is no help.”

After Saul’s body was mutilated by the Philistines, some valiant men from Jabesh-Gilead came and took the headless body and buried it. God always has his valiant men. If we want our sons to be valiant men, they must have valiant men as their examples. Fathers, be valiant men for your sons and daughters. It is your calling to shepherd their young hearts right into the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

After Saul and Jonathan’s death, David wrote a song honoring their exploits and their courage. David kept his heart from bitterness by trusting the Lord, by keeping short accounts with Saul, by thinking no evil of the man who was trying to kill him, and by a heart given to quick repentance.

Saul’s death not only brought about an end of his kingdom, but it also made the way for a renewed kingdom headed by David. The mighty had fallen to make way for a mightier one, one who defeated the Philistines and restored peace to the land. Jesus, the Son of David, is the second Adam who assumed His throne and established His eternal kingdom of Peace and Joy. Because He is Mighty God, grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested reading: Romans 5:12-21

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