1 Samuel 31* Saul's defeat and death. (1-7) Saul's body rescued by the menof Jabesh-gilead. (8-13)1-7 We cannot judge of the spiritual or eternal state of any bythe manner of their death; for in that, there is one event tothe righteous and to the wicked. Saul, when sorely wounded, andunable to resist or to flee, expressed no concern about hisnever-dying soul; but only desired that the Philistines mightnot insult over him, or put him to pain, and he became his ownmurderer. As it is the grand deceit of the devil, to persuadesinners, under great difficulties, to fly to this last act ofdesperation, it is well to fortify the mind against it, by aserious consideration of its sinfulness before God, and itsmiserable consequences in society. But our security is not inourselves. Let us seek protection from Him who keepeth Israel.Let us watch and pray; and take unto us the whole armour of God,that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and havingdone all, to stand. 8-13 The Scripture makes no mention what became of the souls ofSaul and his sons, after they were dead; but of their bodiesonly: secret things belong not to us. It is of littleconsequence by what means we die, or what is done with our deadbodies. If our souls are saved, our bodies will be raisedincorruptible and glorious; but not to fear His wrath, who isable to destroy both body and soul in hell, is the extreme offolly and wickedness. How useless is the respect offellow-creatures to those who are suffering the wrath of God!While pompous funerals, grand monuments, and he praises of men,honour the memory of the deceased, the soul may be suffering inthe regions of darkness and despair! Let us seek that honourwhich cometh from God only.
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