The tragic end of Saul and his family. Jonathan too! That hurts.
It’s been gonna happen since Samuel predicted it in chapter 15. Saul has been raging, fighting fate, and terrified of it.
They lose to the philistines attack. His sons killed in the battle, Saul takes his life. Several Judean towns flee and the philistines take the territory.
So ends a book that has been an amazing political and human narrative.
What does this say about God? It’s classical, you can’t run from God. Can’t fight him.
The words of one of Bob Dylan’s christian songs spring to mind “surrender your crown on this blood stained ground, take off your mask”