Would their brethren help them?

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.12.2019 – Old Testament: 1Sa 11.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 10–12 on April 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Jabesh Gilead had an interesting history. They did not join in the war against Benjamin, but in First Samuel a foreign army confronted the town, and Jabesh Gilead did not know whether the rest of Israel would come to their rescue:

Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.” And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On this condition I will make a covenant with you, that I may put out all your right eyes, and bring reproach on all Israel.” Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, “Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.”

– 1 Samuel 11.1–3

As it turned out, the rest of Israel did help, and Saul led Israel in his first battle against the Ammonites. Later, the men of Jabesh Gilead would do something wonderful for Saul and his sons after they were killed in battle.


  • Do your brethren help you when you need it?
  • Do you help your brethren when they need it?

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