Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Saul and sons are slain, Mephibosheth is lame

1 Samuel 30:1-31; 1 Chronicles 12:20-22; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; 1 Chronicles 10:1-14; 1 Chronicles 9:40-44; 2 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 1:1-27 (New King James Version)

David’s Conflict with the Amalekites
The Amalekites burned David's city of Ziklag while him and his men were not there.  They took everyone and their possessions and burned the city. 

David's men saw what happened and they were going to kill him because of their grief.  David strengthened himself in the Lord.

He prayed to the Lord to ask if they should pursue the Amalekites and the Lord said yes.

He had around 600 men with him and 200 were so tired they could not go beyond the Brook Besor, so they stayed to take care of what was left there.

David and his men go recover everyone and everything that had been taken from them and brought it back.  At Brook Besor, the army with David said that these men will get their families but none of the plunder from the Amalekites because they did not go with them.  David said that they would share what the Lord had delivered into their hands.   When he got home, he shared plunder with many kingdoms, so many were blessed, hallelujah.

We hear the preaching all the time that we must live by faith and the Word of God.  Thank you Jesus that Your Word inspires us when we will listen for it.

The Tragic End of Saul and His Sons
The Philistines kill Saul's sons and wound him.  He asks his armorbearer to kill him so he will not be killed at the hand of the Philistines.  His armorbearer cannot do it, so Saul falls on his sword and kills himself.  His armorbearer does the same.

The Philistines took the bodies of Saul and his sons, and David and his men got the bodies back and gave them a proper burial.

13 So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. 14 But he did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

Wow, that pretty much sums up unfaithfulness, can you say amen!

Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth.  When news broke out about Saul and Jonathan in battle, his nurse was taking him to safety and accidentally dropped him.  He was lame in both his feet.

The Report of Saul’s Death
A man shows up in David's camp saying that he is an Amalekite and he has killed Saul because he was wounded unto death when he came up on him.  David had him executed because he dared to kill someone that the LORD had anointed!

Whether or not you're lying, you stil suffer the consequences.

The Song of the Bow

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