1 Chronicles – Chapter 10: Saul Takes His Life

Our adventure through 1 Chronicles continues.  Given the title of this chapter, things could get interesting.

“The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him.” – 1 Chronicles 10:3

This isn’t new to us on this blog.  We’ve previously discussed the story of Saul when going through the book of 1 Samuel.

“Saul said to his armor-bearer, ‘Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.’” – 1 Chronicles 10:4

This is a serious situation.  Saul is injured and facing capture.  Yet at the same time it is funny given the focus on the male genitals.  I’m so sure that Saul, facing capture and death, is suddenly going to shout out against the uncircumcised men about to capture him!  Oh my god!  Not a foreskin.  I must kill myself for I cannot stand the sight of a foreskin!  😊

“But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died.  So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together.” – 1 Chronicles 10:4-6

That’s quite the way to go.

“Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord…” – 1 Chronicles 10:13

I love how the Bible places all the blame on Saul.  If only he had been more faithful.  Fortunately for us, we know how to read and can easily see that there is much more to this story.  We learned in the first half of 1 Samuel that God has control of Saul’s heart and God has taken over Saul’s body.  This isn’t Saul disobeying God.  This is God taking control of Saul and making Saul disobey him.  That’s a jackass of a move on God’s part but also quite revealing.  This “all-powerful” god isn’t all that powerful it turns out.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 102:  A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

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