1 Samuel, 9
B Saul – The Peoples King
Samuel anoints Saul King
1: Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power. 2: And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people. 3: And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. 4: And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not. 5: And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us. 6: And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go. 7: Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we? 8: And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way. 9: (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.) 10: Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was. 11: And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here? 12: And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place: 13: As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him. 14: And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place. 15: Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16: To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. 17: And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people. 18: Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is. 19: And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart. 20: And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house? 21: And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me? 22: And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons. 23: And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. 24: And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day. 25: And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house. 26: And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. 27: And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.
1 Samuel, 10
1: Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? 2: When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son? 3: Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: 4: And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands. 5: After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: 6: And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 7: And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. 8: And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
9: And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. 10: And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. 11: And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 12: And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets? 13: And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. 14: And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel. 15: And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. 16: And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not.
Saul King of Israel
17: And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh; 18: And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: 19: And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands. 20: And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken. 21: When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found. 22: Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff. 23: And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. 24: And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king. 25: Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. 26: And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. 27: But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
In todays Bible reading we see Saul anointed King of Israel. Saul was of the favoured tribe Benjamin and his father was a mighty man of power. He had a son called Saul who was good looking and distinctive and he was very tall head and shoulders above all men. Everybody literally looked up to him. He was 16” taller than the average man in Israel. Saul was sent by his father to go and find the donkeys of his father that were lost. Saul wandered far but didn’t find them. Eventually he decided to go to find a man of God who would help him to find them. In those days prophets were called ‘Seers’. When they went into the city Samuel came out to meet them. The Lord had already told Samuel that Saul would come looking for him. He said to Saul stay today and tomorrow l will tell you everything. And by the way your donkeys have been found. They ate that night together but in the morning Samuel called him up to the top of the house and they went to walk together. Then Samuel said let the men go on l want to talk to you alone. Then Samuel took a vial of oil and anointed Samuel on his head and kissed him. Then he gave very specific instructions as to what Saul was to do next. He was eventually going to meet a company of prophets. Samuel said you will prophesy with them and you will be changed into another man altogether. He said when these things happen you will know that you are chosen king. Samuel said to Saul wait for 7 days. When Saul left Samuel God gave him a different heart. When Saul met the prophets the Spirit of God came on him and he prophesied too. It became a proverb that men said, ‘Is Saul a prophet’? Samuel called together the children of Israel and recounted all that the LORD had done for them (As if it were a personal experience) Then Samuel gathered the tribes together and cast lots and first the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. Then the family of Kish and then Saul himself. However when Saul was chosen he was not present he had hid himself. When he was found he was brought out and they all saw how tall he was. Then Samuel said this is the man that God has chosen - He will be king over Israel. All the people shouted, ‘God save the King’. Then Samuel told the people what the kingdom would be like under Saul and he wrote everything in a book and laid up the book before the Lord. Saul went away to serve the LORD and there went a band of Men whose hearts were touched by the LORD. The evil men of Belial said that Saul was a bad idea but Saul did not argue with them.