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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

April 5 - Morning

"Saul said to his armor-bearer,

'Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come
and run me through and abuse me.”

But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it...

The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people. They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his
body to the wall of Beth Shan.

When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, all their valiant men marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them. Then they took their bones and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh,
and they fasted seven days."

- First Samuel 31:4, 8-13

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Saul's Death, Suicide and the Philistine's Desecration    

While Saul was holding out on Mount Gilboa, his troops were being overrun by the Philistines. Soon the Philistine archers found their mark, Saul, on Mount Gilboa and their arrows overtook him. Critically wounded, yet not dead, Saul feared the worst – that he would be captured and tortured by the Philistines.

Saul’s fears were well-founded because defeated kings and their conquered troops were typically mistreated at this time in history. Think of the kings who had their toes cut off (Judges 1:7) or Samson when he was blinded and forced to publicly grind grain like a woman (Judges 16:21). At this time many were hung on poles or city walls. (Ancient relief images: lips hooked and blinding here, impaled here and heads piled here.) Often heads, hands or lips where cut off to help keep an accurate account of the dead. (Details here). One Assyrian relief shows captured enemies (even a king) being flayed alive in public (Image here).

Saul’s armor-bearer was faithful to his duty and refused to kill the king. But, Saul took his own life by falling on his own sword. When the Philistines found Saul and his son’s bodies they hung his body on the wall of the Beth Shan, a city at the eastern base of Mount Gilboa. (Beth Shan, Beth Shean here and here)

Saul’s first act as the king of Israel was the deliverance of the people of Jabesh in Gilead on the east side of the Jordan from the Ammonite king, Nahash, (1 Sam. 11). Upon hearing of Saul’s death and the desecration of his body at Beth Shan, the people of Jabesh Gilead make the quick trip across the Jordan to retrieve Saul’s body so that they could honor their deliverer with an appropriate burial back home.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“O Lord…don’t let us live so that You will have to say we have just done ordinarily, or middling, but let us live so that you will say, ‘Well done! You have done the best that could be done!’ ”
– Evangeline Booth

Something to Ponder??

Points of Doctrine Concerning Inspiration of Scripture:

- All Scripture is inspired
(2 Tm. 3:16)
- Scripture comes from the mouth of God
(2 Tm. 3:16)
- Scripture reveals God’s plan and Gods’ ways
(2 Tm. 3:16)
- Scripture did not originate in the thoughts of man
(2 Pt. 1:20)
- Scripture came through men who were carried along
by the Holy Spirit
(2 Pt. 1:20)
- The words of Scripture were written through inspiration
(1 Co. 2:13)
- The words of Scripture continue to be inspired throughout all time
(Mk. 13:31)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Akal (Hb) – Eat (Eng) – ‘akal is the Hebrew word that means “devour,” “eat” and “feed.” ‘Akal refers to the man or animal consuming food. Figuratively ‘akal can refer to destruction as in
Genesis 3:17; Psalm 14:4; Isaiah 1:7; Deuteronomy 18:1 and Isaiah 3:10.


A bulla (a hardened piece of clay preserving a stamped impression from a seal originally used to seal a scroll document) has been found with the inscription:


This is an impression made by the seal of Jeremiah’s scribe “Baruch son of Neriah” mentioned in Jeremiah 36:4 and other places in Jeremiah’s book. It appears from this seal that Baruch was one of the royal scribes. It is possible that King Josiah he assigned Baruch the responsibility of assisting Jeremiah before Josiah was killed in battle.

(Details here, here and here.
Photos here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I honor the Lord by living in fellowship with his word, his will and his ways?
I will honor the Lord with obedience in order that I may have the privilege and confidence of
having his presence with me in life and in death.
  "Keep to a path far from her,
    do not go near the door of her house,
lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth
    and your toil enrich the house of another."

- Proverbs 5:8-10
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Deuteronomy 2 Psalm 34 Judges 16-17
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
A view of Jerusalem from the south. Locations mentioned in Isaiah chapters 11, 12, 13 and 14 detailed on a map.

A view of Jerusalem from the south.

(click on image for larger size)

Locations mentioned in Isaiah chapters 11, 12, 13 and 14 detailed on a map. (click on image for larger size)
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