All of us are familiar with the story of Custer’s last stand. We have heard about how in 1876 he took on a superior force of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana. History tells us that Custer was a proud and stubborn man who liked to do things his own way. When he was ordered to wait and was warned that he might be facing a much larger force than expected, he attacked the Indians’ villages anyway, but had to retreat to a ridge on the Little Big Horn River. He and all his men were then slaughtered by the thousands of Indians who came against them.
Saul, like Custer, was a man who did things his way. And so, as we will see in today’s text, he suffered an eerily similar fate to that of Custer’s when he and his men made their last stand on Mount Gilboa and were massacred. History is replete with stories of proud and stubborn men who did things there way, but whose lives ended in defeat and death. The Bible is clear that there is a broad way that seems right to man, but that is the way to defeat and death. God’s straight and narrow path is the only way which leads to lasting victory and life.