Feb. 26. Gibeonites Avenged; Philistine Giants Destroyed

II Sam. 21:1-22; I Chron. 20:4-8

Many years earlier as the Israelites were taking possession of Canaan, Joshua had made a covenant with the Gibeonites that they would not be attacked for their land. Sometime later, that covenant had been violated by Saul and his army.

God took Joshua’s covenant seriously and punished the Israelites with a famine that had lasted three years as a result of Saul’s disobedience. In order to satisfy the demands of the Gibeonites, David arrested seven descendants of Saul and allowed them to be executed for Saul’s sin. “And after that God heeded the prayer for the land.”

In an act of respect for Saul and Jonathan, David removed their bones from their burial place and brought them to the tomb of Saul’s father, Kish.

The Lord was with David’s army as his men were able to subdue the Philistines, including the giants who were among them.