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Bereavement Matters (9 of 19)
1 Samuel 31-II Samuel 1
We are looking at the life of David, a man after God's own heart. Heart matters. Your heart does matter. Jesus said, "Out of the heart are the issues of life." Many of the matters of the heart which you and I have to deal with every day are found in the life of David.
Reading this section of the life of David is almost like a movie. You move from scene to scene. You study first of all Saul, then the scene changes and you go to David. Then the scene changes again and you back to Saul. That's what we've been doing. We have had a scene about David and the tragedy at Ziklag. The city was burned and David's family members were taken captive. Through all of this the Lord used this experience to bring David back to Him. He recovered everything that he had lost. When we come back to the Lord we recover that which we have lost.
Now, the scene changes and we move in chapter 31 to Saul. We pick up actually what was begun back in chapter 28 where we are told about the Philistine invasion and this great massive battle that took place between the Philistines and Saul and his soldiers. Saul is in the last days of his life. He has come down to the last 24 hours. The ticking of the clock is underway. It's just a matter of time and it will all be over for Saul. Saul knew this was his last day. What would you do if you knew it was your last day? If you knew that you had only one more day to live? Only 24 more hours of life? What would you do? Saul has come to the end. It is the death day for Saul.
Romans 8:6 says "to be carnally minded is death." Sin always brings death. Sin always brings a person to the place where Saul came. So, we find bereavement matters here around the death of this man Saul.
You and I have to learn how to deal with bereavement matters. Our culture does not handle death and tragedy very well. It's put on the news and reporters discuss it, talk shows have something to say about it. Experts come in and give their opinions about it. But, when it's all said and done, it's just another news story. Very few people grieve. Not many people are troubled by it and life moves on. The older we get the more we have to deal with bereavement matters. Necessity is laid upon us because as we live through life more and more of those who are near and dear to us are taken away in death. Sometimes it's a friend who goes. Bereavement matters. Sometimes it's a family member who slips away into eternity. Bereavement matters.
So, we learn in this experience in the death of Saul and how David dealt with that death, something about how you and I can deal with matters of bereavement. When you read this chapter you find three basic scenes in this whole event. It's as if you were watching a CNN news story and words are flashed on the scene. In these words you find the story and the meaning of what takes place here.
The first word flashes ...
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