by Rev Joel Yong
1 Samuel 31:9-13
So they cut off his head and stripped off his armor and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to the house of their idols and to the people. They put his armor in the temple of Ashtaroth, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. But when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant men arose and went all night and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh and burned them there. And they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh and fasted seven days.
The enemy sought to mutilate Saul’s body and parade his armour and head to show their prowess over their enemy.
But the people of Jabesh-gilead arose to reclaim his body and those of his sons and properly dispose of them so as to honor him for previously saving them from the Ammonites. (ref 1 Sam 11)
Even though Saul was not a perfect king or a reasonably good one – there were people who remembered the little that he accomplished.
They even completed acts of mourning for Saul and his sons.
That is a good reminder to us- sometimes when we think the whole world hates us , there still are people who treasure us for what little acts that they remember that we had done for them.