Saul defeats the Ammonites. He is installed as king.
VERSE 1. Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh Gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.”
VERSE 2. Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “On this condition I will make it with you, that all your right eyes be gouged out. I will make this dishonor all Israel.”
that all your right eyes be gouged out. This is a severe price to pay.
VERSE 3. The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days, that we may send messengers to all the borders of Israel; and then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.”
VERSE 4. Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, and spoke these words in the ears of the people, then all the people lifted up their voice, and wept.
VERSE 5. Behold, Saul came following the oxen out of the field; and Saul said, “What ails the people that they weep?” They told him the words of the men of Jabesh.
his anger burned hot. Some Christians assume that if they feel angry about something, their anger is from the Holy Spirit.
However, in our day, the fruit of the Spirit is NOT anger:
Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
VERSE 7. He took a yoke of oxen, and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the borders of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever doesn’t come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” The dread of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out as one man.
dread of the LORD. The Hebrew word for dread is פַּֽחַד־ (“pa·ḥaḏ-“). It means dread, fear, terror.
VERSE 8. He counted them in Bezek; and the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.
He counted them. To count the people was forbidden.
VERSE 9. They said to the messengers who came, “Tell the men of Jabesh Gilead, ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will be rescued.’ ” The messengers came and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.
you will be rescued. This is a bold statement.
VERSE 10. Therefore the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you shall do with us all that seems good to you.”
VERSE 11. On the next day, Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the middle of the camp in the morning watch, and struck the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who remained were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
VERSE 12. The people said to Samuel, “Who is he who said, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Bring those men, that we may put them to death!”
VERSE 13. Saul said, “No man shall be put to death today; for today the LORD has rescued Israel.”
Samuel said to the people. It was the prophet Samuel who suggests that they install Saul as king.
VERSE 15. All the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they offered sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
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