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April 30, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 31 (ESV)

Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was badly wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me.” But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him. Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley and those beyond the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled. And the Philistines came and lived in them.....Continue Reading

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  1. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. 5And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him. 6Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. 7

  2. What a sad chapter. It is the culmination of all the bad decisions and evil direction that Saul has taken and his sons suffer as well. It is an important reminder to look at the end of something, where it will eventually lead, as we make decisions in our lives. Because our path not only affects us but those connected with us as well. And kudos to the men of jabesh gilliad for spearing Saul and his sons the shame of being pinned to a philistine wall…..

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