King David had to have been thinking of King Saul when he penned those famous words in Psalm In Psalm 51 David is repenting over a massive sin he committed with Bathsheba.
Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job spoke, and said: Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb? Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter of soul? But in rapid succession, he lost them all.
His wife advised him, "Curse God and die. His friends gathered to console him, but their suggestions and advice only wearied him the more.
He wished he had never been born. He longed for death to release him from his adversity.
He complained bitterly about the misery that befell him. What was happening to him was beyond his comprehension. Job reasoned, "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? His story has a bright ending. He also had seven sons and three daughters In all the land were found no daughters so beautiful as the daughters of Job What a loss it would have been -- what a waste -- what a sin, if Job had lost patience with God and ended his life prematurely.
And while it is true that a few who commit suicide are mentally incompetent and not morally or spiritually accountable, James 4: In fact, "innocent by reason of insanity" pleads much better in a human court than it will when we stand before the Lord in the final judgment.
Not only does suicide violate all the passages that tell us not to kill, it is almost always an act of extreme selfishness, and often an act of retaliation against family members, friends, or unresponsive lovers for wrongs, or supposed wrongs they have done.
As such, it violates Rom. The first case of suicide is that of Abimelech.When the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead — those Saul saved from Ammonite oppression in 1 Samuel 11 — hear this, they retrieve the bodies of Saul and his sons and give them a proper burial.
The two books of Samuel are divided by Saul’s death. An expert in the field of biblical counseling and education, Jeff contributes regularly to CareLeader. With his knowledge of theology and his skill as a writer, he brings valuable contributions to the Church Initiative editorial team.
King Saul had the honor of being Israel's first king, but his life turned into a tragedy for one reason.
Saul did not trust in God. Saul looked like royalty: tall, handsome, noble. He became king when he was 30 years old and reigned over Israel for 42 years. Early in his career, he made a fatal mistake. The king that he captured was to be showcased before all of Israel to show them how great Saul was and the live stock was to be a offering to God to show-case how religious Saul was, ie, what great sacrifices he can make before man on behalf of God.
God hates show-casing. He always has. In 1Samuel 15 God instructed King Saul through prophet Samuel to go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.
God’s people had asked for a king, and they got Saul. As ruler over Israel, Saul gathered an army. Some of the men went with Saul into the hill country, and the rest of them went with Saul’s son Jonathan to a place called Gibeah.