Saul Takes His Life (1 Samuel 31; 1 Chronicles 10:1 – 14)

Scripture Text:

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1 Samuel 31

1 Chronicles 10:1 – 14

Questions:

1. How do you think your own death might happen? Why do you think so?

  • rust out with old age?
  • burn out in your prime?
  • drop out in a sudden, accidental death?

2. Why do the Philistines cut off Saul’s head and put his armor in their temple (see chapter 5 verse 2; chapter 17 verse 51 and chapter 21 verse 9)?

3. Where do you think Saul is spending eternity?

4. As a part of the Christian’s witness, the Puritans stressed the importance of “dying well”. How can you get ready to “die well”?

5. What will you take to heart from this first book of Samuel? Any quotable quotes? Life applications? Pray about these.

6. In reference to 1 Chronicles 10, why does the chronicler say “all his house died together” (verse 6), when one son survives to succeed Saul (see 2 Samuel 2:8, 9)?

7. What is the relation between living well and dying well as typified by Saul? Why is Saul’s story sad?

Additional Comments:

#1: It is interesting that Saul’s first military action as king had been the rescue of Jabesh-Gilead (chapter 11). Through all these years its citizens had not forgotten. When they heard the disgraceful display of Saul and his sons’ bodies, they undertook a dangerous night mission to stead the bodies and give them a proper burial.

#2: As you may have noticed thus far, First Chronicles covers much of the same history as First Samuel – but with a distinctive approach. First Samuel gives more details about Saul’s failures, while First Chronicles primarily concerns itself with drawing moral lessons from them. An example – First Samuel tells the background of Saul’s consulting a medium; First Chronicles alludes to it (most original readers would know the story well) and connects that act of disobedience to Saul’s death.

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