THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL
THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN
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THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL
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
"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.
THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN STUDY ON THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN EVENT WITH THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN MESSAGE
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
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!
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross
and follow me.
1 Corinthians 15:31
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die
But exhort one another
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 Saul's 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.
THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN STORY QUESTIONS WITH THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN ANSWERS WITH THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN TRUTH
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:
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:
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.
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.
THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN INFORMATION WITH THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN MEANING
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. There's an old saying ... 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. ... God hears and sees it all. Don't keep your feelings from Him. Don't bury something that you need to talk to God about just because you don't
want to deal with it or feel the pain anymore. Let it out. Cry on God's
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.
THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN LESSON WITH THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN EXPLANATION
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.
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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