March 28 - Morning
"Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead. And all the men of Jabesh said to him,
'Make a treaty with us, and we will be subject to you.'
But Nahash the Ammonite replied,
'I will make a treaty with you only on the condition
that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel.'
The elders of Jabesh said to him,
'Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us,
we will surrender to you.'
When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept aloud.
Just then Saul was returning from the fields,
behind his oxen, and he asked,
'What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?'
Then they repeated to him what the
men of Jabesh had said.
When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger. He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, 'This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel.'
Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one."
- First Samuel 11:1-7