[bible1year] Devotional comments on I Samuel 30-31

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 1 Apr 2015 12:04:56 -0000
APRIL 1

        Chapter 31 records the death of Saul. While David is sending 
gifts to his friends, Saul and his family are being stripped on the 
battlefield. Saul had been carnally minded, which is death (see 
Romans 8:6). He had previously enjoyed great victories in battle, 
but God had now abandoned him. The only thing left for the 
rebellious king was death. It is sad that his innocent son, 
Jonathan, had to suffer because of the sins of his father.

        There are several practical lessons we can learn from the 
tragic life and death of King Saul. Great sins often begin as little 
matters, such as impatience, disobedience and excuse making. A man 
goes from bad to worse when sin gets hold of him. Also, when a 
person is not right with God, he will not be able to get along with 
God's people. Excuses are no substitute for confession, and there is 
no substitute for obedience. And finally, natural gifts and 
abilities mean nothing if you do not have the power of God in your 
life.

        In chapter 1 of II Samuel David sorrows over the death of 
Saul and Jonathan (see Proverbs 24:17). There are no unkind words 
about Saul in these verses. David's main concern is that the Lord's 
anointed is dead and the Lord's glory is dimmed. He is anxious that 
the unsaved enemy will not rejoice over this victory. In verses 19, 
25, and 27 David's theme is, "How are the mighty fallen!" I Samuel 
10:23 records that Saul "was higher than any of the people from his 
shoulders and upward." Now we see him fallen lower than even the 
enemy. I Corinthians 10:12 tells us, "Wherefore let him that 
thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."