From the Hebron Herald. 924 BC
(a fictitious article based on the Biblical accounts of Saul’s life)
King Saul and his armor bearer were just two of the many fatalities found after the Philistines clinched their victory over the Israelites today. Both were found impaled on their own swords like pieces of barbecue meat ready for the grill. Obviously both deaths were suicides prompted by the Philistine victory. Rather than being taken by the enemy or trusting the Lord with their dire circumstances, they fell on their own swords. This death brings an ignominious end to Saul who began his reign as the popular choice of the people of Israel. The Hebron Herald asked a couple of men most familiar with Saul’s reign to discuss his accomplishments.
Nanub, interviewed today after the battle, recalled Saul’s beginning. “We had such high hopes for him. He was our first king. His stature was so impressive! We, the Israelite people, had pleaded with the Lord to give us a human king. Up to that time, the Lord had been our leader, but we felt safer with a human king since all the surrounding kingdoms had one. The Lord tried to discourage us from such a choice, but the people’s wishes prevailed, and Samuel, the prophet, relented. Saul was anointed king.”
“The trouble began at the battle of Gilgal (I Samuel 13) several years ago,” continued Azar, a soldier in the Israeli army. “Saul was afraid of the Philistines when the prophet, Samuel, was late in arriving to perform the sacrifice. So Saul performed the sacrifice himself in direct contradiction to the Lord’s Word.”
“Another time Saul was told by the Lord to completely destroy Amalek. ( I Samuel 15) God gave victory, but rather than destroy the Amalek and their possessions, the Israelite people wanted to keep some of the best sheep for themselves. Saul wanted the good will of the people so he let the people keep some of the spoils of the battle. When Samuel came on the scene, there was the Devil to pay. The prophet was furious. Saul tried to convince Samuel that the remaining sheep were for the sacrifices to the Lord, but Samuel didn’t buy it. ”
“I remember that well. Not long after that Samuel anointed David to be Saul’s successor. It was plain to see the Lord’s blessing had departed from Saul and was now on David from the time that David beheaded Goliath ( I Samuel 16) to the time that he retook the spoils from the battle at Ziklag (I Samuel 30). It is clear that any man who has the Lord on his side is going to be a formidable enemy. When God’s blessing left Saul, his goose was cooked. It just took a while to play out. The end surely came today to the so-called “People’s Choice!”