Summary: This sermon on the death of King Saul gives us lessons on the subject of mercy killing and euthanasia.

The End Of King Saul

1 Samuel 31:1-13

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.

2Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons.

3The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers.

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 his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it.

5And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died with him.

6So Saul, his three sons, his armorbearer, and all his men died together that same day.

7And when 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 the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.

9And they cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines, to proclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people.

10Then they put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.

11Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,

12all the valiant men arose and traveled all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh and burned them there.

13Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

For the past several weeks we've concentrated on the life of David.

David is not mentioned in today's Bible passage.

Today we focus on King Saul.

I've included this chapter in our sermon series

because Saul has caused many problems for David.

Today we see how all that comes to an end.

King Saul meets death on the battlefield.

Death is a touchy subject.

Some people are willing to talk about it,

but many others try very hard to avoid the subject.

A survey was taken on the subject of death.

Young children had some interesting things to say.

A 7 year-old boy said, "God doesn't tell you when you are going to die because He wants it to be a big surprise."

A 9 year-old girl said, "When you die, you don't have to do homework in heaven, unless your teacher is there too."

An 8 year-old boy said, "The hospital is the place where people go on their way to heaven."

A 9-year old girl said, "Doctors help you so you won't die until you pay all your bills."

A 10-year old boy said, "I'm not afraid to die because I'm a Boy Scout."

1 Samuel chapter 31 tells us

how King Saul's life came to an end.

We know Saul's death is coming.

Back in 1 Samuel chapters 13 and 15

we saw that Samuel prophesied it.

1 Samuel 13:14

But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."

1 Samuel 15:26

But Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel."

1 Samuel 15:35

And Samuel went no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.

Saul's approaching death was confirmed again

when he consulted the witch of Endor in chapter 28.

The witch brought up Samuel from the dead

and Samuel said to Saul,

1 Samuel 28:19

Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines."

Today's Bible passage is the fulfillment of Samuel's prophesy.

So now King Saul's death is about to happen.

Point #1. Mercy killing is not acceptable to God.

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.

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Davon Huss

commented on Jan 7, 2016

This message was a help to me for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday! Thanks for posting it! Be joyful always, Davon Huss

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