Today we meet Saul from the small tribe of Benjamin and “There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people”. Wow! 😍 The Israelites, who often make decisions based on sight, are gonna love this guy!
While Saul is out looking for some lost donkeys he meets Samuel. Samuel ends up anointing Saul as king and sends him home telling him, “The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you…and (you will) be turned into another man”. “So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart…” Later Samuel gathers all the tribes of Israel and makes Saul king…well, after the people drag him out from behind the baggage where he is hiding. 🤔 Sort of a cowardly move for a tall handsome king.
But next we read that Saul catches wind of the Amorites threatening the children of God. “Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard the news, and his anger was greatly aroused.” Saul leads the Israelites in victory over the Ammonites. Well, that sounds promising; maybe he won’t turn out to be totally weak. We shall see!
Lastly, Samuel says farewell to the Israelites now that they have a king to rule over them. He reminds the people of God’s faithfulness in the same way as Moses and Joshua did, by telling the Story. “When Jacob had gone into Egypt…your fathers cried out to the Lord…sent Moses and Aaron…forgot the Lord…sold into hand of Sisera…cried out…sent Jerubbaal…” and so forth. Samuel ends his address by saying although the people were wicked in asking for a king, “…the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, for it has pleased the Lord to make you His people”. “But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.” Tomorrow we see more of Saul’s true colors so keep reading.
(1 Samuel 9:1-12:25)