Death of Saul and David’s Power Base

1 Chronicles 10 – Death Of Saul
1 Chronicles 11–12 – Capture Of Jerusalem; David’s Power Base

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  1. The narrative changes from genealogies with side notes to a record of events that run in parallel (somewhat) with 1&2 Samuel and 1&2 Kings. Chapter 10 records the death of Saul by falling on his own sword before the Philistines were to capture him. Succinctly recorded here:

    Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

    David is now officially the King. He marches to Jerusalem and encounters the Jebusites (recall even the strong tribe of Judah could not dislodge them (Joshua 15:63)), “Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion–which is the city of David” (1 Chronicles 11:5). Joab is introduced here as the one who went up first and restored the rest of the city for the kingdom. Joab will be a recurring character in this history. David’s power increases “because the Lord Almighty was with him” (11:9).

    David’s warrior leaders are described by their battle victories, their particular claim to fame, and so many are identified by name in the Chronicles of Israel in 11:10-47.

    Chapter 12 includes a list of those who defected to David while Saul was still alive. Members from each tribe are listed as joining sides with David as it was apparent Saul was failing fast.  “They came to Hebron full determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king” (12:38).

    I wonder about those who were faithful to Saul to the end, that didn’t see his sin and fell oblivious to what was going on around them. It’s so important to study God’s word, to seek his guidance and wisdom. We trust our leaders, but must rely on God for true wisdom. Lord help us understand where to place our loyalty and how to counsel others to keep them from falling into traps set by the enemy.

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