Therefore the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will give ourselves up to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.” And the next day Saul put the people in three companies. And they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. And those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
Then the people said to Samuel, “Who is it that said, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Bring the men, that we may put them to death.” But Saul said, “Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the LORD has worked salvation in Israel.” Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingdom.” So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they sacrificed peace offerings before the LORD, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
Comment: The town-people of Jabesh-gilead used a deceptive ruse to allow Saul and his army time to arrive. And instead of them going to submit to servitude the massive army swept in and had an outstanding victory.
You may remember that several days ago we met a group of men who refused to acknowledge Saul as king. The cry went up for them to be killed but Saul refused and instead Samuel called the nation to the king’s town and they had what sounds like a belated but real coronation party! There rejoicing included worship of the Living God!
Prayer: Help us to weep with those who weep and rejoice in others joy!