MONDAY 19 September, 2016
Delivered to Die
So the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite; and he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the hill before the Lord. So they fell, all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest. - Samuel 21:8-9
The men chosen to be delivered to die, were Amoni and Mephiboseth, two sons from Saul’s concubine Rizpah’s. Michal, Saul’s youngest daughter, was given to David as his first wife (1 Samuel 14:49; 18:27-28), and later to spite him, Saul gave her to Phalti (1 Samuel 25:44). Once King David took her back but she ridiculed him as he danced before the Lord. For her disrespect she remained childless (2 Samuel 6:16, 23).
However, Michal had cared for her older sister Merab sons, as it is believed her sister had died. Rizpah and Merab’s sons were hanged before the LORD. Now you may think that God is unjust and question His character––but remember this happened because of Saul. There is the law of reaping and sowing, (Galatians 6:7), that must be understood. Take into account that the tribe of Gibeon would only be satisfied with these men’s blood.
If you go back and read the Old Testament, you will find so many lessons concerning reaping and sowing. After you read the New Testament, you should read the Old Testament. Then you will come to understand why these tragic things happened. Everything fits together perfectly; the Old Testament is the best commentary for the New Testament. The Holy Spirit reveals the order and the Scriptures will begin to make sense.
Have you taken the time to read the Bible all the way through?
The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.
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