Saul is Chosen as King

Satan is a terrible taskmaster. Here’s a helpful quotation which summarizes his deceit: “He promises the best, but pays with the worst; he promises honor and pays with disgrace; he promises pleasure and pays with pain; he promises profit and pays with loss; he promises life … More

Deceit

God had told Samuel all about Saul (vv. 15-16). As soon as Samuel sees Saul the Lord tells him this is the man who shall reign over my people (v. 17). He was a man who impressed even Samuel. When Saul asks to see the seer, Samuel identifies himself and instructs Saul to precede him to the high place (vv. 18-19). Saul was actually not God’s choice. That is, He gave Israel the sort of man He new they wanted. As Saul moved among the people, they say that he was tall, handsome, and looked like a king. God just granted them a king because they wanted one. Although Saul had been called by God and had a mission in life, he struggled constantly with jealousy, impulsiveness and deceit. He never did give himself completely to God and thus he never did become God’s man. Like a small boat being tossed around on the ocean in a storm, Saul vacillated between his feelings and his convictions.

Saul had been out looking for his father’s long-eared donkeys that had already been found (v. 20). He tells Samuel that he is the least in the smallest tribe in Israel, which sound like a statement of humility, but his actions soon show that this was not a characteristic of his life at all (v. 21). It is interesting to note that Saul’s display of humility draws no response from Samuel, who proceeds with the well organized anointing ceremony of Saul as king (v. 22). It appears that Saul did not want to accept the responsibility that God was giving to him but he did like the idea of being king and having everyone look up to him.

Apparently Samuel had called a small group of leaders together. In this passage it explains the formality that they went through (vv. 23-27). Saul ate with Samuel that day, and they had a conference. After they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel continued his discussion with Saul on the top of his house. After a night of rest Samuel gets Saul up early in the morning and takes him to the edge of the city where he proceeds to give him a challenge from the Word of God and then sends him on his way. It is interesting to me to see how this new leader of Israel is counseled and challenged by the man of God before he is turned over the leadership reins of the whole country. In comparison we are now living in a country where there is lots of discussion about the division of Church and state and where there is major effort to remove God, the Bible and Christian symbols from all areas of governmental ceremony and function. As we see more and more reference to God and the Bible being removed we see more and more of our freedoms taken from us.

Application

God has given me a job to do. He will never ask me to do something that He will not give me the ability to perform. I should never try to portray a sense of false humility, but just do the job God has asked me to do and give Him the credit for all that is accomplished.

I Samuel 9:15-27 (English Standard Version)

Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel: "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me." When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, "Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people." Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, "Tell me where is the house of the seer?" Samuel answered Saul, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind. As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father's house?" Saul answered, "Am I not a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel? And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then have you spoken to me in this way?" Then Samuel took Saul and his young man and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited, who were about thirty persons. And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion I gave you, of which I said to you, 'Put it aside.'" So the cook took up the leg and what was on it and set them before Saul. And Samuel said, "See, what was kept is set before you. Eat, because it was kept for you until the hour appointed, that you might eat with the guests." So Saul ate with Samuel that day. And when they came down from the high place into the city, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down to sleep. Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul on the roof, "Up, that I may send you on your way." So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street. As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant to pass on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God."

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