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August 3, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Isaiah 28-30
Audio: Isaiah 28-30

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1 Chronicles 10 (ESV)

Now the Philistines fought 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 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 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. Thus Saul died; he and his three sons and all his house died together. And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled, and the Philistines came and lived in them.

The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. And they stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. 10 And they put his armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. 11 But when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant men arose and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh and fasted seven days.

13 So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. 14 He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

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  1. Looking Back to Learn

    As the Chronicler has done throughout this first chapters of Chronicles through the genealogies, he writes of Saul's death and the aftermath of the Philistines crushing Israel; namely how the kingdom was handed over to David (1 Chronicles 10:14). 

    How tragic that Saul was appointed king so Israel would be delivered "from the hand of the Philistines" (1 Samual 9:16) but the Philistines were the ones to kill him and his sons.

    The Chronicler details why Saul's reign as king was a failure: "So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. 14 He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death" (1 Chronicles 10:13-14a). 

    Notice the Chronicler says the Lord put Saul to death? Although the Philistines wounded him and he took his own life when his armor-bearer refused to kill him with his sword (at Saul's request/plead), ultimately it was the Lord who put Saul to death.

    In his commentary on 1 Chronicles, Andrew Hill writes, "In the end, Israel actually lost more territory than it gained in these wars. The national hopes that fueled the fervent clamor for a king were dashed at Mount Gilboa. The chant of victory slogans (e.g., 'Saul has slain his thousands,' 1 Sam. 18:7) gave way to the wail of the funeral dirges ('How the mighty have fallen!' 2 Sam. 1:19).

    Hill, A. E. (2003). 1 & 2 Chronicles (p. 195). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

    The first sentence of the next chapter brings us to the necessity of this back-story from the Chronicler: "Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron" (1 Chronicles 11:1).

    The saying "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" comes to mind.

  2. I use the memories of my past to remind myself of a time and a place I never want to go back to. However, in the past, the bad memories sometimes faded, and I would make the same mistakes, thinking the outcome would be different. 

    We can really fool ourselves with rationale and excuses! 

    I'm praying that the consequences of my actions in the past will remain fresh in my mind, always. 

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