In our chronological reading plan we are now entering a section where the same story is going to be shared in multiple places. We see that for the first time here with Saul’s suicide and the end of his kingdom. Let me encourage you to be careful not to gloss over these various accounts.
When you want to understand a situation you typically talk to as many people as you can, who were there, to get all sides. Why do we do this? Because we understand that one perspective does not paint a full picture. If I watch a car wreck happen, I am going to see something different from one street corner than the person who was on the opposite corner. I am also going to see something different because I possibly focused on a different aspect, maybe the face of the driver at fault, while another focused on the face of the driver blindsided. Multiple perspective help paint an accurate picture of what took place.
That is exactly what we will find as we read these various accounts from different books of the Bible. The chronological plan helps organize them so we come across them in the right order. But the different books give us a full understanding of what has played out, giving us a complete picture. So remember, just because it is a story you have read before in 1 Samuel, what we have here in 1 Chronicles might give a little bit more insight or a different insight.
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