Notes from the Journey with David – 41

41. They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan (1 Samuel 31:10).
The shame of Saul’s downfall increases as his body is used in worship of idols and celebration by his enemies. Virtually every leader that is removed from office for his evil becomes sport for his enemies after his death. Conversely, those who lead well from beginning to end are honored, often their bodies made available to their people for demonstrations of reverent respect. Saul is clearly relegated to the former group. Even though the people rally to rescue his body and those of his sons, their act is one of national pride and not love for their fallen king.

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