Today is a lot of reading so I apologize if this gets a little lengthy!
Saul fears the Philistines are gearing up to attack and with Samuel dead and God being silent towards him, he is clueless on what to do. He goes to a witch and asks her to conjure up Samuel's spirit--it works, but Samuel is a little ticked that Saul has done this and lets him know that God will come down on him something fierce.
David has been a favorite in the Philistine army and is even made bodyguard of the head leader. Some of the men are worried he will defect in battle because of his Hebrew background, but the leader is confident in David. Meanwhile, a raiding party has raided David's hometown and taken his wives along with all the other women. After consulting with God, he is given blessing to pursue the raiders. He comes across a slave who leads them to where the raiders are partying and slays them all. He recovers every missing person and item and heads home. During all of this, a few hundred men stay back because they are too tired to fight--the ones who fight feel that they should not share in the bounty because they sat with the supplies. But David tells them that all will share in the bounty because they were all in this together...pretty cool :)
Saul becomes hard pressed by the Philistines and is critically wounded by archers. He asks his armor-bearer to kill him, but he refuses. So Saul runs himself through with his sword and his armor-bearer--stricken with grief--kills himself too. The Philistines find Saul, decapitate him, and nail his body to a wall. It is later taken down by the Israelites who give him a proper burial...
David rejoices in a Psalm because he is finally free from Saul--his main oppressor. A main phrase that pops out to me is that God "delighted" in David. What does that mean to have God delight in you? It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, like God surrounds and blesses... what also sticks out to me is that David claims he is saves because he has been a good boy. This is what greatly differs between the Old and New Testament. Before, it was how clean your hands were and how well you followed The Law...then Jesus comes and we are free from that bondage!!!
The passage from 1 Chronicles is just another version of Saul's death... its all the same except in Samuel, it says Saul's body was fastened to a wall, and in Chronicles, it is his head that is put on the wall... not sure why there is a difference....
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