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May 1, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 1 (ESV)

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. And on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage. David said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” And David said to him, “How did it go? Tell me.” And he answered, “The people fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.” Then David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” And the young man who told him said, “By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear, and behold, the chariots and the horsemen were close upon him......Continue Reading

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  1. I am in Luke 19 again today. I was noticing the contrast between the rich young ruler in Chapter 18 and Zaccheus in chapter 19. The rich young ruler goes away sad, but Zaccheus runs to Jesus and pledges half of his wealth. Jesus says that it is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God, but in response to Zaccheus he says, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

  2. 17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18and he said it should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar. He said:
    19 “Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
    How the mighty have fallen!

  3. One wonders why this Amalekite tells a different story of Saul’s death than what we find at the end of 1 Samuel. Could they both be true? Could he come along after the fact, the armor bearer thinking Saul dead but he really wasn’t or is he trying to curry favor with David, killing the one who was trying to kill him? David shows his regard for the crown independent of who wore it and explains he should not have been so familiar with killing the Lord’s anointed. If he was lying, his own words condemn him. Then David and his men lament the death of Saul and Jonathan. And David saves the dearest expression for Jonathan, his dear, dear friend.

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