The Search For a King

My Mom was an amazing person! She had eyes in the back of her head; the wisdom of a Supreme Court Justice; and an eternal tenderness for me that is still felt today. As astounding as she was, it is astonishing to know that most of us have mothers with the same characteristics. Of … More

Characteristics

Several characteristics we learn about Saul from this passage.

1. Saul was from a leading family (v. 1). “There was man of Benjamin whose name was Kish ... a Benjamite, mighty man of power.” Saul was from the house of Benjamin, the smallest tribe of Israel, an unlikely source for future kings.

2. Saul was physically strong and attractive (v.2). “And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. 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.”

3. He was obedient in the Small Things. (vv. 3-4) “Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. And Kish said to his son Saul, “Please, take one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”

4. He was sensitive enough to be concerned for others (v. 5). “.... Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us return, lest my father cease caring about the donkeys and become worried about us.” He was aware that if he was gone too long his father would worry.

5. He was secure enough to listen to advice (v. 6). “And he said to him, “Look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honorable man; all that he says surely comes to pass. So let us go there; perhaps he can show us the way that we should go.”

6. He was concerned about giving something to the man of God (vv. 7-8). ..."there is nothing to bring to the man of God.” The servant replies, “I have a shekel of silver that I will give to him.”

Saul was looking for the person who would give visions to the prophets (vv. 9-10). He and his servant went to the town where the prophet lived (v. 11). As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to get water, and they said to them, “We’re looking for the man who can see visions. Is he in town (v. 12)?” “Yes, he is,” they replied. “He’s in town today because there’s going to be a sacrifice and a sacred meal at the place of worship. In fact, he’s just ahead of you. Hurry and you should find him right inside the town gate (v. 13). He’s on his way out to the place of worship to eat with the invited guests. They can’t start eating until he blesses the sacrifice. If you go now, you should find him.” As they went to the town, and just as they were going through the gate, Samuel was coming out (v. 14).

Application

I need to recognize that even the little things that happen in my life have a purpose and I need to be ready to learn the lesson that God wants to teach me.

I Samuel 9:1-14 (English Standard Version)

There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, "Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys." And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them. When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us." But he said to him, "Behold, there is a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in honor; all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go." Then Saul said to his servant, "But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?" The servant answered Saul again, "Here, I have with me a quarter of a shekel of silver, and I will give it to the man of God to tell us our way." (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he said, "Come, let us go to the seer," for today's "prophet" was formerly called a seer.) And Saul said to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God was. As they went up the hill to the city, they met young women coming out to draw water and said to them, "Is the seer here?" They answered, "He is; behold, he is just ahead of you. Hurry. He has come just now to the city, because the people have a sacrifice today on the high place. As soon as you enter the city you will find him, before he goes up to the high place to eat. For the people will not eat till he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately." So they went up to the city. As they were entering the city, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the high place.

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