1 Samuel Chapter 31

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1 Samuel 31

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.

And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul’s sons.

And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.

And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people.

10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.

11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;

12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

22 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 31

  1. v4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith ;
    lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through,and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

    The sword cuts both ways It cuts at our adversary and it also reveals areas in out life that are in need of repentance .
    We see in Saul life was his ego his pride.
    That caused him his life, his three sons,his armourbearer and all his men.
    Saul chose pride over obedience and trust in GOD’S WORD. He refused to humble himself.
    It’s better to suffer wrong than to do wrong.
    GOD hates pride. Let no flesh glory in HIS
    Presence and every thing that’s not of
    JESUS shall come down.
    Pride you’re coming down in JESUS NAME!
    “All souls belong to GOD”. Ez.18:4
    Sinner- by creation
    Saved- by regeneration
    GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY !
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  2. Disobedience to God’s command, pride, envy, jealousy, and foolishness took Saul to the ultimate reward of sin, DEATH. The sad thing was he took with him in his roller coaster of sin his son’s. We hear a lot of Jonathan, David soul brother, his kindness to David, his loyalty proved over and over again. Dead by the unforgiveness of his father’s heart. David lost his brother, his beloved brother by the hands of the enemy; but guided by the unruly hand of a sinful father. As parents we must be aware of where we are leading our children through our actions. They are constantly watching, learning, imitating, and most of all FOLLOWING! Where are we taking them along with us? Are we leading them to life everlasting or to death by sin?

    Prov 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

  3. And so the words of the witch of Endor comes to pass in this chapter as we find the death of Saul and his sons. Rejection of God and His ways brings destruction no matter who it is: Saul died, his sons died, his armourbearer died, overtaken by the Philistines, a sad end to a happy beginning.

    Rejection of God has no respect of person. You begin a downhill ride that cannot be stopped to total destruction. We must guard our heart so that our spirit and attitude is in line with the Word, and obedient to what His word tells us so that pride and arrogancy does not rise up within us and we have the same end as Saul, rejected by God.

  4. FULLY ENGAGED THROUGH COMMITMENT

    4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
    5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
    6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

    Saul’s armourbearer is the express image of being FULLY ENGAGED THROUGH COMMITMENT:

    1. He respected Saul too much to personally harm him.
    2. He committed his life to serving a king, even though fallen from the favor of GOD the armourbearer remained committed even unto death.

    Armour-bearer – an officer selected by kings and generals because of his bravery, not only to bear their armour, but also to stand by them in the time of danger.

    We have a KING named JESUS and I am FULLY ENGAGED THROUGH COMMITMENT to be his ARMOURBEARER even unto death.

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  5. A True Follower of the King

    5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

    The armourbearer was one of the most trusted men in battle. Can God count on you to be there? You see, so manytimes we think , well I’m waiting on God to show up. It just may be that He is waiting for you to move. The armourbearer had a vital role in the army. He didn’t have to worry about just himself, but put his life before the king. And whatever the king to him to do , he did it no questions asked. He also had to carry his and the kings armour too. Here lately I saw a trust excersie that you would blindfold a person and ask them to put their hands in front of them. They would put hot coals in a pan and put it underneth that persons hands ,and it would be hot. Than they would ask them to put their hands in the pan that their hands were over, not telling them that the pan was now a pan of ice water. I know many times in my life that this has somewhat happened. God will letus go through the fire, and then when it’s safe to move again, we don’t want to because we are afraid to get burnt. TRUST in the LIVING GOD! He will always lead you where you need to be.

  6. iLove to eat Breakfast with Jesus

    ***A few chapters ago we learned***

    (1 Samuel 29:1) Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.

    (1 Samuel 29:2) And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.

    IF DAVID WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SENT BACK TO ZIKLAG, HE WOULD HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN. NOT TO MENTION HE WOULD HAVE LOST ALL HIS STUFF AT ZIKLAG.

    Aphek (biblical)

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A place at which the Bible states that the Philistines had encamped, while the Israelites pitched in Eben-Ezer, before the Battle of Aphek in which the sons of Eli were killed.
    A city of the tribe of Issachar, near to Jezreel, in the north of the plain of Sharon. The scene, according to the Bible (1 Samuel. 4:1; 29:1; comp. 28:4), of another encampment of the Philistines, which led to the defeat and death of Saul.

    Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible

    29:1-5 David waited with a secret hope that the Lord would help him out of his difficulty. But he seems to have been influenced too much by the fear of man, in consenting to attend Achish. It is hard to come near to the brink of sin, and not to fall in. God inclined the princes of the Philistines to oppose David’s being employed in the battle. Thus their dislike befriended him, when no friend could do him such a kindness.
    29:6-11 David scarcely ever had a greater deliverance than when dismissed from such insnaring service. God’s people should always behave themselves so, as, if possible, to get the good word of all they have dealings with: and it is due to those who have acted well, to speak well of them.

  7. Disobedience always comes with a price to pay. Be careful who you are following and who is following you. Are you leading the right way?

  8. Johnathan at some point made a choice. Though his loyalty was to David with his mouth, his actions showed loyalty to his father, King Saul. As the weapon pierced Johnathan’s flesh, surely thoughts of David and the covenant he made went through his mind.

    “It wasn’t supposed to end like this. I was to be David’s right hand man.”

    God only wants our words if they are followed by action. Our mouth may say one thing but our hearts tell the true story.

    Revelation 2:2-5
    I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

    Loyalty is not decided overnight but rather by our day to day decisions.

  9. iLove to eat Lunch with Jesus

    (Part 2 from Breakfast)

    ***On the flip side***

    IF DAVID WOULD HAVE GONE OUT TO BATTLE WITH KING ACHISH AND THEN AT THE LAST MINUTE TURNED ON HIM AND FOUGHT AGAINST HIM; THUS DELIVERING SAUL AND JONATHAN OUT OF THE PHILISTINES HANDS…THEN THE PROPHECY OF SAMUEL WOULD NOT HAVE COME TO PASS.

    (1 Samuel 28:19) Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

    (1 Samuel 28:20) Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

  10. Saul’s time was up. But in his wickedness he took his sons down with him. Johnnathan was a good man that fell because of who he was fallowing. In Saul’s disobedience he took down his whole family.

  11. And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people. And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan. And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

    It is no secret that living for God is engaging in war. We battle spiritually on a regular basis though often different attacks. Its also a growing experience, we fall and make mistakes. Sometimes it is hard to get back up again. Saul’s decisions and lifestyle led him and his family to a physical death and his remains were paraded around as the enemy celebrated their victory. Looking at our own slip ups and wrong doings we can see that the enemy still tries to make our mistakes into his victory. Sometimes he just beats us up on the inside where we just want to quit and sometimes its a bigger mess where it is seemingly paraded around. The world is watching a waiting for us to fall, I don’t think they expect us to get back up again. As the body of Christ I believe that when we see one another stumble it is imperative we help pick them back up. Gossiping, giving the cold shoulder, or anything else will just fall in line with the enemy parading what they use to be around and rubbing it in their face. We as a church need to be the valiant men who go in and take back the remnants and build each other back up respectably and honorably like the men who took sauls body burned it and buried it. Let’s rebuild each other and bury what the enemy is telling us.

  12. 12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
    13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

    There is something to be said for covering a man that God has placed in authority even if he has fallen far from the truth and the covering of God. If we see that there is a leader that has been enticed away from holding a vigilant position against the enemy, we must pray for them, learn from their mistakes, and continue to respect their position, even if we don’t the person. The Word tells us that God sets up authority, that it is ordained by God, and that we are to continually pray for our leaders.

  13. What really sticks out in this chapter is how the action of a parent caused his sons lives. As a parent my prayer is that I remain in the perfect will of God.

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  14. 12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

    val·iant   /ˈvælyənt/
    adjective
    1. boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted: a valiant soldier.
    2. marked by or showing bravery or valor; heroic: to make a valiant effort.
    3. worthy; excellent.

    Many of the men in this passage are not valiant. Saul killed himself and so did his armourbearer, out of FEAR. Then the Isrealites ran away, out of FEAR. Then it says that all the valiant men ROSE UP. They got up. They left what they were doing. Maybe they were fearful like the rest but God came on them and made them valiant. Valiant men are men of bravery and honor. They took the body of their leaders down out of the house of the idols. After they retrieved the bodies they took care of the bodies in a respectful manner.

    We must like wise hear what is happening and be valiant. We must stand up to the things around us and take back our leaders from the places that the enemy has tried to display them with out just cause. Heart ache, low self-worth, depression, torn families… GET UP CHURCH!!! Go to the place where these things are held high. Save some people with compassion or maybe even pull them from the fire. Get those servants of God off the enemies display case and give them back to God!

    Go! Fight! Pray! Win!

    BE VALIANT!!!!

  15. Gift Of A Decent Burial

    the men of Jabesh Gilead are horrified to hear what happenen to the bodies of Saul and his sons. Saul’s armour is put inside the temple of the Philistines’ goddess vs 10, and Saul’s head hung in the temple of the god Dagon (1 Chr 10:10). Somehow Saul knew that they would “abuse him” vs 4. The Philistines fasten Saul’s body and the bodies of his sons to the wall of the village. The Israelites retrieve the bodies, burn them and then burried their bones. The burning is possibly meant to prevent any further any further abuse of the bodies or perhaps to prevent contamination or illness from their decomposition. Or it could be that they burned spices to perfume the bodies, which is a common practice for royalty (2 Chr 16:14). Either way this act is most likely completed in honor since the people of Jabesh Gilead owed Saul their very lives (1 Sa 11). The burning and burring is their last act of service to their king.

  16. In this chapter, Saul’s foretold demise comes to pass. Not only he; but, his son’s….including Jonathan. If only……????? We need to be careful and repent while we have the chance. Saul could have, should have; but, never truly did. We need to have a daily heart check to make sure that we let nothing and no one influence or take our focus off of Jesus!

  17. Time for Saul’s end has finally come just like the witch said-but David was turned away from the fight and and returned to Ziglag. He was able to keep his vow to Jonathan was not a part of those men who Saul and his sons were delivered to. God made a way for David in this chapter because he could not now be accused of touching God’s annointed, plus he was able to find Amalekites and bring back the wives, children and belongings that had just been stolen.

  18. This chapter illustrates end. “So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.” Saul and his sons ending surely would have been different if he had followed the Lord. There is a lesson to be learned from this sad ending, God forbid that we too do not forsake the Lord. For if the king of Israel suffered such an end, what could we expected if we forsook the Lord. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  19. 13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

    Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. (Ezekiel 37:11 KJV)

    Some failings seem to lead to defeats that seem so very final and might even lead us to give up hope. “But God…”

    Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord. (Ezekiel 37:12-14 KJV)

    No matter how bad it looks, put it in God’s hands. If there will be life, it will be through Him.

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