Pastor Edward Brouwer 3-17-19 1 Samuel 31:1-13 and 2 Samuel 1:17-27 “How the Mighty have Fallen”
Saul’s death closes a chapter in Israel’s redemptive history and opens the door for David to become king. Note 3 responses of David to the news of the death of Jonathan and Saul:
Humility–David tore his clothes and wept. Even though Saul wanted him dead David always loved and honored Saul. He puts him right alongside of his best friend. 1 Peter 5: 5-8 says God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble and He will exalt you at the proper time. David waited in humility 20 years for the promise inherent in his anointing.
Lament–David composes as song, a eulogy of sadness. He remembers all the best qualities of Saul and Jonathan, their bravery, valor, courage, political unity and the prosperity they brought to the nation. David could have said some harsh things about Saul–but death is a time to dwell on the good in others. His friendship with Jonathan is highlighted.
Praise–O How the Mighty have fallen is a theme of the lament. He tells Israel to remember these Mighty Heroes.
Note also 3 contrasts: A Hill, A King and a Battle.
The first King of Israel, Saul went to a Hill to die because he had sinned and rebelled
The Better king, King Jesus went to die on a Hill because of OUR sin and rebellion
The battle that Saul engaged in was a complete loss resulting in Israel’s utter desperation
The battle Jesus engaged in appeared to be a loss but turned into a great victory.
Jesus is the One True and Mighty Hero of our Faith. Because of Christ’s obedience he turned death into life, defeat into victory, sadness into joy.