Week 14  Day 7



               Saul and Jonathan

               father and son


                            so different in life

                            so similar in death


                            divided over friendships

                            united by the enemy


                            in conflict over personal goals

                            at peace in battle together


                            starting out strong

                            ending in disillusionment


                            sharing the heroism of

                            triumph and tragedy


                God touches our lives

                 in the triumphs and tragedies too


                            in the conflicts



                            in the remembrances







      Father and son:  together in life, together in death.
                              I Samuel 31 & II Samuel 1


    1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and Israel fled.

The Philistines 2followed hard after Saul, and they killed

Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons.  3The

battle became fierce; the archers hit Saul, and he was

severely wounded.

    4Then 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 the armorbearer

would not, for he was greatly afraid.  Therefore, Saul took a

sword and fell on it.  7When the men of Israel who were on

the other side of the valley, and those who were on the other

side of the Jordan, saw that Saul and his sons were dead,
forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and

dwelt in them. 

    2A man came from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and

dust on his head.  He came to David, fell to the ground and

prostrated himself.  3David said to him, "How did the matter

go?  Please tell me."  He answered, "The people have fled

from the battle; many of the people are fallen, and Saul and

Jonathan are dead also."  11Therefore David took hold of his

own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were

with him.  12They mourned and wept and fasted until evening

for Saul and Jonathan, for the people of the Lord and the house

of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

    17Then David lamented with this lamentation:  "The beauty

of Israel is slain on your high places!  How the mighty have

fallen!   Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of

Ashkelon--lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice.  22The

bow of Jonathan did not turn back, and the sword of Saul did

not return empty.  Saul and Jonathan were beloved, and in their

death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles,

they were stronger than lions.  I am distressed for you, my

brother Jonathan; your love to me was wonderful."

    1After this David inquired of the Lord, "Shall I go up to any

of the cities of Judah?"  The Lord said, "Go up."  David said,

"Where shall I go?"  He said, "To Hebron."  2So David went

and brought up the men who were with him, every man with

his household.  So they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

    4Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed

David king over the house of Judah.

                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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