PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Samuel 31
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died.” (1 Samuel 31:7)
Think about this: God’s holy people, and God’s anointed ruler… defeated!
We are seeing how God graciously works with weak and sinful humans.
Here we see that God even endures defeat, even being shamed before the other gods.
News would spread, the God of Israel was humiliated and defeated (vv.9-10).
God has graciously joined sinful humans throughout history.
Those humans have been weak and sinful, giving God a bad reputation.
All the killing and injustice – in Israel and the church – look bad on God.
Yet God is willingly and graciously humbled, in order to bring salvation.
God works through the twists and turns of sinful human history to bring salvation.
Jesus comes, and he graciously and willingly joins himself to sinners too.
He stands up for all the world to see, and then is humiliated and defeated.
The cross represents the ultimate humiliation and defeat of God.
And yet it also represents the triumph of grace, mercy and love over sin.
God rises up over our humiliation and defeat, and restores us in gracious love.
Lord, thank you for willingly being humbled and defeated so that we could be rescued. Thank you for taking our shame, so that we could receive your glory.