If we were to draw a comprehensive conclusion from Saul’s “foolish oath” we might think that he did not do well as a military king.
We would be wrong.
Read the following.
Give close attention to…
- Who was fought…outcome
- Family relationships
This passage sets the accounts that are to follow…with Saul, with David.
Now when Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, the sons of Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines;
and wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment.
He acted valiantly and defeated the Amalekites,
and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them.
Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishvi and Malchi-shua;
and the names of his two daughters were these:
the name of the firstborn Merab and the name of the younger Michal.
The name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz.
And the name of the captain of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle.
Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.
Now the war against the Philistines was severe all the days of Saul;
and when Saul saw any mighty man or any valiant man, he attached him to his staff.
Saul fought against all his enemies.
He inflicted punishment.
He was valiant.
He delivered Israel from those who plundered them.
Saul had three sons and two daughters.
One son and one daughter will play prominent roles in the Biblical narrative.
Cousin Abner is important…as are all. Some have more detail.
The war was severe all the days of Saul, perhaps because they did not have total victory at the beginning?
Therefore, Saul grabbed every mighty and valiant man that came his way.
Wonder how this will end…