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3 Year Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 31

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 1 Samuel 31.

General:

  • Chapter 31 provides a tragic end to the up and down life of Saul, first king of Israel
  • The last few chapters have set up warfare between Israel and the Philistines
    • The first verses of this chapter explain that the battle quickly went in the Philistines’ favor
      • Saul’s sons were killed in battle
      • This included Jonathan, David’s best friend and loyal ally
    • The Israelite army retreated back to Mount Gilboa but were picked off by the Philistine archers
      • Saul, too, was critically wounded by an arrow
  • Saul commanded his armor bearer to kill him because he feared the Philistines would torture him if they found him alive
    • This young man refused to carry out this order; he was terrified
    • Saul then killed himself with his own sword
      • Even in death his only concern was for himself and his public image
      • We do not have any report of repentance or a prayer for God’s grace
    • The armor bearer responded by taking his own life
  • The Israelite people fled from their homes when they saw their army being devastated
    • The Philistines began occupying these abandoned towns along the way
  • When the Philistines found the bodies of Saul and his sons, they took them as trophies
    • They put Saul’s head in display in one of their temples
    • The bodies of Saul and his sons were attached to the walls of a fortress in Beth Shan
    • These were stunning acts of disrespect
  • When the men of Jabesh Gilead heard about these actions, they bravely went to retrieve the bodies at the risk of their own lives
    • Perhaps they remembered how Saul had saved their city in his first official act as king
    • They buried the bones of these men beneath a tree in Israel
       

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3 Year Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 1 Samuel 30.

General:

  • Chapter 30 shows us that sometimes things get much worse before they get better
  • At the end of chapter 29, David had been sent home from battle by Achish, a Philistine king
    • The other Philistine leaders did not trust David in battle against his own countrymen
  • David and his 600 men returned to their living quarters in Ziklag to discover that they had been raided by the Amalekites
    • Their homes were burning
    • Their wives and children had been kidnapped
    • Their possessions had been stolen
    • David and his men were so depressed that we are told they wept to the point of exhaustion
    • There was talk among David’s own men about stoning David
      • They blamed him for getting them into this terrible situation
      • Here was a very low point for Israel’s next king
  • In a verse that we do well to remember, we are told that David “found strength in the LORD his God”
    • This arrival at rock bottom had reminded David of his own inability and desperate need for God
    • God’s plan for David had worked: he turned to God in prayer
      • Out of tragedy came training and a most important lesson: trust God always
  • David, revitalized by God, called for the priest Abiathar to bring the ephod so that he might ask God about what to do next
    • God answered in the affirmative: David should pursue the raiding party; he would be successful in rescuing the captives
    • The traveling wore down many of David’s men; 200 of them remained at a ravine when they were too exhausted to cross
    • Eventually David’s men came across an Egyptian man, who was very sick
      • He had been abandoned by his Amalekite master when he had become too sick to travel
      • The information this Egyptian provides turned out to be extremely useful to David
  • Finally David’s men caught up to the Amalekites as they were wildly celebrating the plunder they had taken
    • The battle raged all night, and only 400 of the Amalekites escaped
  • Every single person was recovered alive
    • We can only imagine the joyous scene that took place as David’s men were reunited with their families
  • As the victorious group headed home, a group of David’s men decided that they would not share their plunder with the 200 men who had been too exhausted to go on
    • David stepped in, however, and made it clear that such selfishness would not be tolerated
    • He pointed out that it was God who had given them these gifts and won the victory for them
      • They had no right to exclude the other men
    • David even sent some of the plunder to his friends still living in Judah
      • He wanted to let them know that he still remembered them and loved them
  • It’s amazing how different David’s life is from the beginning of this chapter to the end
    • God was with him in good and bad!
       

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