The sad end of one who did not obey the Lord

Old Testament: 1Sa 31.4

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 30–31 on April 20, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Saul was the first king of Israel and as such, he could have had great glory; instead he went down in shame. In battle with the Philistines, the archers hit him and he knew that he could not continue fighting. Watch him in his last moments: 

Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.” But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it.

– 1 Samuel 31.4 

A man who started as king in humility, ends in disgrace, because he became more concerned with his glory than with glorifying God. 


  • Why do you think the armorbearer would not thrust Saul through with a sword? 
  • What concerns you most: Your glory? or God’s glory? 

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