1 Samuel 31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.
It says in today’s verse that Saul, his three sons, his armourbearer, and all his men were killed in the same day. This must be the day that the reign of King Saul and his family is done. (At this point I feel almost like Paul Harvey, and now for the rest of the story.) You see Saul’s family was not all killed in this battle. When we get into 2 Samuel we find one of Saul’s remaining sons, Ishbosheth, is anointed King over a portion of the nation of Israel for about two years. In fact, later we will find that Saul has two more son’s by the names of Armoni and Mephibosheth. Since the Reign of King is a matter of heritage in those days, when did King Saul’s reign really end?
To find the answer for that question we will need to turn back in our bibles to 1 Samuel 13:14. That is where Samuel tells Saul; “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.” The reign of Saul actually ended years before he died. His kingdom and leadership was like a person being kept alive by life-support. He was there, but not really in charge. When did the reign of King Saul end? It ended when he decided he was above the law of God and could do whatever he wanted. It ended when God took his kingdom from Him. God is always in control.
We must never confuse action with authority. Just because someone is going through the motions or being in charge, never removes God’s authority over an issue or His creation. The Lord has never stepped down from His throne. He will always be KING.
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