In this passage, the Israelites fought against the Philistines and were slain on Mount Gilboa (v1). It appears that the author is reluctant to revisit this war because it was a sad, dark and tragic chapter in Israel’s history. In contrast to Chapters 29-30, there was no sign of God’s help and deliverance. However, despite this woeful tragedy, there are four things that we can learn from the stories of Israel and Saul’s family.

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