1 Samuel 31
Talks for Growing Christians
Israel’s Defeat by the Philistines and the Death of King Saul
1 Samuel 31
Lesson Number 35
- The Bible does not condone suicide.
- The Bible does not condemn cremation.
- In all your ways acknowledge His and He will direct your paths.
- What happened to the Israelites on Mount Gilboa?
- How did the Philistines boast of their victory over Saul in his death?
- List some other suicides that are recorded in Scripture.
- Why did the men of Jabesh Gilead put themselves in danger to rescue the bodies of Saul and his sons?
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6. Does “all your ways” include the decision about cremation and burial?
- The Philistines defeated the Israelites and Saul and his sons died.
- They hung the bodies of Saul and his sons on the high walls of Beth Shan, where they would be seen for miles around.
- a. Abimelech in Judges 9
b. King Saul here in 1 Samuel 31
c. Ahithophel in 2 Samuel 17
d. King Zimri in1 King 16
e. Judas Iscariot in Matthew 27
- Forty years earlier King Saul had raised an army to rescue the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead from the siege and threat of the Ammonites (Chapter 11).
- Of course. God will guide you in any area if you seek His will.
- Review what you have learned about the life of King Saul. This king started out well; even the Spirit of God came upon him. But then he fell to pride, partial obedience, and jealousy. What lesson does his life teach you?
- Discuss principles from the Bible concerning burial versus cremation.
- Reflect on the lessons you learned from the life of King Saul as you conclude this study of 1 Samuel.
- “So Saul, his three sons, his armorbearer, and all his men died together that same day.” 1 Samuel 31:6
- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6