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THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL

CHAPTER 1
 

THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN

            Welcome back to Daily Bread! So glad you're here to join in on the interesting stories we have ahead of us! You may be wondering, since Samuel died in Chapter 25 of The First Book of Samuel, Why is this book called The Second Book of Samuel? Good question. Well, the books of First and Second Samuel were originally one book in the Hebrew Bible, known as the "Book of Samuel" or simply "Samuel." Then the Septuagint (a version of the Old Testament used by Greek-speaking Christians) divided Samuel into two books, presumably to break up the history of David. The Greek title is translated "Books of Kingdoms," referring to the later kingdoms of Israel and Judah. First Samuel was named "First Kingdoms," Second Samuel and First and Second Kings were named "Second, Third, and Fourth Kingdoms," respectively. Later the Latin Bible combined the Hebrew and Greek titles and that's why we have First and Second Samuel, and First and Second Kings.

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In The Second Book of Samuel, we'll learn about the highlights of king David's reign, first over the territory of Judah, and then over the entire nation of Israel. We'll learn about how David finally acquired the throne as king, his sins (we won't get into what those were just yet), and the heart wrenching consequences of those sins on his family and the nation of Israel.

Yes, David, the apple of the Lord's eye ... Sinned! Does that surprise you? We all do it ... That temporary lapse of reason that we experience DAILY in our lives. EVERYONE. DAILY. Whether in thought, word or deed ... Original sin is not something that can be cured, but it can be conquered. That's why the Word of the Lord tells us to fight the good fight DAILY!

Luke 9:23
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross
daily, and follow me.

1 Corinthians 15:31
 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die
daily.

Hebrews 3:13
 But exhort one another
daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

When we left off at the end of The First Book of Samuel, three of Saul's sons had been killed in battle, and Saul, being sore wounded, didn't want it to be said that he was killed by the Philistines. He also knew that since he was wounded, if the Philistines came across him fallen, they would torture him, so he entreated his armor bearer to kill him, but he wouldn't do it, so Saul fell on his own sword.

Meanwhile, David and his men had just defeated the Amalekites which had raided and burned down Ziklag, the Philistine town that Achish (the king of Gath), gave to David, in which they (David, his men, and their families) lived for the past year. They recovered all that was stolen from them, including their wives, sons, and daughters which the Amalekites took captive. 

Unaware of the death of Saul at this point, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites, and spent two days in Ziklag. And on the third day, an Amalekite man arrived from Saulís camp with his clothes torn and dirt on his head ... Remember, that was a traditional thing they did when someone was in mourning or was very very upset. When the man approached David, he fell on the ground to show deep respect, then told David of the demise of Saul and his three sons, and of the sore beating that Israel had taken. David asked this man how he knew for certain that Saul and Jonathan were dead. He explained to David that as he had happened by Mt. Gilboa, Saul beckoned to him, requesting that he kill him because he was in such misery, having been wounded. He told David that he thought Saul was too badly hurt to ever recover, so he did as Saul asked and took the kings crown and bracelet to bring them to David.

TIME OUT!

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Did something happen that wasn't recorded in the last chapter of First Samuel, which is being revealed to us now? Let's go back and take a look at the account of Saul's death in 1 Samuel, Chapter 31:

1 Samuel 31:3-5
 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.

 And now, the account from the Amalekite man to David:

2 Samuel 1:6-10
And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

Now, one of two things is possible here. First, it could be that Saul fell on his sword, but didn't die right away. He may have appeared to be dead, so his armor bearer killed himself, then as this Amalekite passed by, Saul had regained consciousness enough to call out to him and ask him to put the final touch on his attempted suicide.

ORRRRRRR ...

This Amalekite didn't slay Saul at all, but by chance wandered by his dead body before the Philistines discovered him dead, and took his crown and his bracelets, supposing that he would benefit a great deal from bearing the news to David, that he had killed his enemy. You decide.

In either case, David was devastated at the news. He tore his clothes and the men with him did the same. They mourned, wept, and fasted all day for Saul, Jonathan, the people of the Lord, and the nation of Israel because so many had died that day in battle.

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Now, remember, David and Jonathan were the very best of friends. Also, remember that David had proven in the past that though Saul threatened his life, he had the utmost respect for him because he was the Lord's anointed. Whether it was the truth that this Amalekite was proclaiming to David, or a fib, David didn't appreciate it one bit, and told the man that he was his own accuser. David didn't see anything unjust in punishing the killer of the first anointed king of Israel, so David commanded one of his men to kill him.  

David mourned Saul and Jonathan through this song of lamentation. He also commanded that the children of Judah be taught this song. It is also written in the book of Jasher.

2 Samuel 1:19-27
The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

 David had a gift and passion of music. He sang when he was rejoicing, and he sang when he mourned. It was his way to deal with and/or express whatever emotions or problems he was facing. It was his way to talk to God. Prayers do not have to be spoken. Thereís an old saying Ö He who sings, prays twice! What a cool concept! Your prayers to God can be in any form as long as it's from your heart: singing, playing an instrument, painting, dancing, writing, etc. Ö God hears and sees it all. Donít keep your feelings from Him. Donít bury something that you need to talk to God about just because you donít want to deal with it or feel the pain anymore. Let it out. Cry on Godís shoulder as David did. Your Father wants you to depend on Him to help you. He loves you!

Here is a related study if you are struggling with a Lost Love yourself.

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 One more interesting thing about this chapter that deserves noting is that it mentions the book of Jasher. Did that title ring a bell? If you read your own Bible along with your study of Daily Bread, you may remember that the book of Jasher was also mentioned in the Book of Joshua.

Joshua 10:13
 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of Heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

 Now, we know that there isn't a book of Jasher in the King James Version of the Bible, but it is mentioned twice, so if you like to know bits of Bible trivia, this might be a fun thing to know ... One might assume that Jasher is a person, but this is actually referring to the book of the "upright" ... or the book of the law.

Make sure to come back to Daily Bread tomorrow and find out what happens now that Saul has died. God has big plans for Israel, and for David.

 

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