Old Testament: King Saul
Details and Events in the Story of King Saul in the Bible.
Disobeying God At Gilgal
The greatest failure for Saul, the first king of Israel,
was when he disobeyed God at Gilgal. The Philistines were
encamped against Israel and Saul`s troops were deserting
daily. The prophet Samuel had promised him that all would
be well, only he must wait for God`s time. Samuel would
come at the end of a week and would offer a sacrifice. Then
Saul`s armies would have the victory. Saul impatiently went
ahead and offered the sacrifice himself. No sooner had he
finished than the prophet appeared. Saul had greatly sinned
in officiating as a priest.
Saul, The First King Of Israel
The Lord had always intended to give Israel a king (Deut
17), but Israel`s sin was in demanding a king with the
wrong motives, before God`s time, and in looking for that
king in the wrong tribe. A man named Saul, from the tribe
of Benjamin was chosen, a man of impressive stature, who
embodied the basic ideals Israel had at the time, being
much more concerned with his appearance than his heart.
It`s sad how Saul`s character turned out to be a reflection
of Israel as a whole.
Saul was a weak and ineffective king who didn`t do much
with his life except try to murder David, his son-in-law,
despite David`s repeated expression of loyalty, because he
knew David was destined to take his place one day on the
throne. Saul`s hatred and insane jealousy for David made
him fail as a king and Samuel regretted anointing him.
Saul`s reign ended in disaster. He received no answer for
his prayers, and even sought the help of a witch.
The Battle At Gilboa
The battle that took place the next day at Gilboa was a
bitter defeat for Israel, Saul himself was wounded, and he
committed suicide by throwing himself on his own sword.
Three of his sons, including Jonathan also died.
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