THE story of David opens with a dramatic contrast between the fresh hope of his young life and the rejection of the self-willed king Saul, whose course was rapidly descending towards the fatal field of Gilboa.
Psa. 51:12: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” “And David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against Jehovah.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘Jehovah also hath put away your sin; you shall not die.’” It may almost seem that David escaped from his crime too easily.
It was David and Bathsheba who sinned egregiously, why did their son have to die, since Deuteronomy 24:16 and Ezekiel 18:20 specifically tell us that a son is not to die for the error of his father?
Early History The name Saul is usually regarded as simply the passive participle of the verb "to ask," and so meaning "asked" (compare 1Sa 8:4 ff), but the gentilic adjective sha'uli (Nu 26:13) would point to its having also an intensive connotation, "the one asked importunately," or perhaps, "the one asking insistently," "the beggar." Genealogy Saul was... Continue Reading →