April 20

1 Samuel 30-31

 

The Waiting King: David (God’s choice), cont’d.       1 Samuel 16-31      

 

1 Samuel 30:1-31-David and his men return home to Ziklag and discover that the Amalekites had attacked the city and carried off all the women and children as captives.  The people threatened to stone David.  How quickly the tide of popular opinion can turn.  David and 400 men (200 were too tired to go) attacked and destroyed the Amalekites.  He sends some of the spoil that he had taken from the Amalekites to friends in Judah.  These are among the people who would later make him king (2 Samuel 2:1-4).

1 Samuel 31:1-The Philistines attack Israel...killing Jonathan (and Saul's other two sons-Abinadab and Malchi-Shua).  Saul is wounded.  He tells his armor bearer to kill him so that the Philistines won’t have the opportunity to mock and torture him and will not be able to claim credit for killing him.  But he would not do it.  So, Saul falls on his own sword.  The words of Samuel have been fulfilled.  They cut off his head and hung his body on the wall of the city of Beth-shan.  The men of Jabesh-gilead went and took it down.

 

31:10 The house of Ashtaroth was the temple of Ashtarte, the Canaanite fertility goddess and counterpart of Baal, and was located in the strategic city of Beth-shan (at the junction of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys).  The bodies of the fallen warriors were hung on the wall along the open square of the city (cf. 2 Sam. 21:12).

Ryrie Study Bible, 1 Samuel 31:10 footnote, p. 459

 

Prayer: Lord, I pray that when I die, I will have been faithful to You my entire life.  There are so many distractions, so many troubles that can cause us to become comfortable with our faith, or to do just the opposite and cause us to become callous and complacent with our faith.  But I pray that You will keep me strong.  Regardless of what life brings…please give me Your grace and Your help to be faithful, until my end.

 

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