Sep 4, 2018
The long ordeal between David and Saul was about to come to an abrupt and, for Saul, unpleasant end. His days were numbered and his reign as good as done. But Saul was going to lose far more than his kingdom. He was going to witness the deaths of his three sons and then be faced with the unenviable task of taking his own life. And in 1 Samuel 31:1-7, this sad end to the life of Saul stands in stark contrast to the recent victory God gave David over the Amalekites. While David and his men were busy celebrating the rescue of their wives and children, Saul was watching his sons die at the hands of the Philistines. Then, unable to convince his armor-bearer to take his life, Saul was relegated to falling on his own sword. He committed suicide rather than face mistreatment at the hands of the Philistines. His life had a far-from-ignoble end because he had chosen to live in disobedience to God. But David, in the midst of one of the worst moments in his life, had chosen to seek God. And was rescued.