Notes: August 3, 2008 – 1 Chronicles 10 & 2 Samuel 1

Why did Saul die?

Yesterday we discussed the how of Saul’s death. Although an Amalekite took credit for Saul’s death, and lost his life for the lie (2 Samuel 1:14-16), we are sure that Saul ended his life himself (1 Samuel 31:3-5).

As for the reason why Saul died, there is equal certainty (1 Chronicles 10:13-14). Actually the reason is two-fold: he disobeyed God by not keeping God’s commandments, and he disbelieved God and looked to a psychic for help rather than looking to God.

If failure to obey God and failure to consult God were reasons for Saul’s death, why are you still alive?