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James Sumpter - May 15, 2024

1 Samuel 31 - Finishing Where We Started - Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

A Study of Samuel

This is not the end of the book of Samuel, but it brings the account of the life of Saul to an end. Thirteen simple verses record a succinct conclusion that carries no surprises. We know what is coming, and Saul does too. The events however are moving and disturbing, and there is profound impact in its brevity. God resists the proud, and even the rebellious soul is under God’s control. How are we to handle the death of Saul in our minds and hearts? Because we know the whole of Saul’s life, we may be tempted to think, “He had it coming.” However, the writing of 1 Samuel 31 expects us to pause and ponder the tragedy. We can see Saul, all people, and ourselves. Just as if we knew Saul, let’s take time to reflect on his death and what it calls us to personally.

Scripture References: 1 Samuel 22:1-16, 1 Samuel 14:47-52, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Samuel 4:1-22, 1 Samuel 12:24-25, Judges 6:2, 1 Samuel 12:14-15, Judges 5:7, 1 Samuel 29:1, Isaiah 57:1, 1 Samuel 8:10-20, 1 Samuel 11:1-15

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James Sumpter - May 15, 2024

1 Samuel 31 - Finishing Where We Started - Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

A Study of Samuel

This is not the end of the book of Samuel, but it brings the account of the life of Saul to an end. Thirteen simple verses record a succinct conclusion that carries no surprises. We know what is coming, and Saul does too. The events however are moving and disturbing, and there is profound impact in its brevity. God resists the proud, and even the rebellious soul is under God’s control. How are we to handle the death of Saul in our minds and hearts? Because we know the whole of Saul’s life, we may be tempted to think, “He had it coming.” However, the writing of 1 Samuel 31 expects us to pause and ponder the tragedy. We can see Saul, all people, and ourselves. Just as if we knew Saul, let’s take time to reflect on his death and what it calls us to personally.

Scripture References: 1 Samuel 22:1-16, 1 Samuel 14:47-52, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Samuel 4:1-22, 1 Samuel 12:24-25, Judges 6:2, 1 Samuel 12:14-15, Judges 5:7, 1 Samuel 29:1, Isaiah 57:1, 1 Samuel 8:10-20, 1 Samuel 11:1-15

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James Sumpter - May 15, 2024

1 Samuel 31 - Finishing Where We Started - Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

A Study of Samuel

This is not the end of the book of Samuel, but it brings the account of the life of Saul to an end. Thirteen simple verses record a succinct conclusion that carries no surprises. We know what is coming, and Saul does too. The events however are moving and disturbing, and there is profound impact in its brevity. God resists the proud, and even the rebellious soul is under God’s control. How are we to handle the death of Saul in our minds and hearts? Because we know the whole of Saul’s life, we may be tempted to think, “He had it coming.” However, the writing of 1 Samuel 31 expects us to pause and ponder the tragedy. We can see Saul, all people, and ourselves. Just as if we knew Saul, let’s take time to reflect on his death and what it calls us to personally.

Scripture References: 1 Samuel 22:1-16, 1 Samuel 14:47-52, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Samuel 4:1-22, 1 Samuel 12:24-25, Judges 6:2, 1 Samuel 12:14-15, Judges 5:7, 1 Samuel 29:1, Isaiah 57:1, 1 Samuel 8:10-20, 1 Samuel 11:1-15

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