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Powered by 4 - Feb. 13, 2011

  • 2011 Feb 13

Sad Chapter

today's reading.
1 Samuel 31; 2 Samuel 1:17-27    Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa...

think about it.
What led to the death of Saul? While the Philistines celebrated, what did the Israelite community do? How does this reflect God's care for His anointed? Why do you think David calls the people to honor Saul and Jonathan with this lament? What does it tell you about Jonathan? About Saul? About David? How do you honor significant people in your life, even while they're alive?

the blog.
Saul and his sons are killed in battle in 1 Samuel 31. When David receives the news, he tears his clothes, and then he and his men mourn, weep and fast. Not the response most people would expect after the awful way Saul treated David. David acts with honor, once again recognizing Saul as God's anointed at this time.

I found these passages heavy emotionally, yet good because they got me thinking about: dealing with and respecting others both before and after death; accepting and working through transitions; and the need to be in tune with God's plan and timing. So any thoughts on those? Or maybe you got something different from these passages? Tami W. 

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