Biblical Tragedies

Saul had one depressing life. That was my conclusion after reading 1 Samuel again for the first time in a while. He had everything going for him, but his inability to follow God wholeheartedly cost him dearly. His life ended by him falling on his own sword, being beheaded and having his head passed door to door through the city. His body (I’m assuming headless) was put on display. That’s a bad day. I was trying to imagine a greater biblical tragedy than Saul…one whose life ended so tragically. One could say Jesus, but his story ends happily.

So, help me out here. Can you think of someone with a more depressing life story than Saul? I thought about Jezebel…maybe Eglon…

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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