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The Anointing Of Saul
When the Israelites demanded to have a human king like the nations around them, the LORD gave them what they asked for. Israel's first human king was Saul, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin (see Children of Jacob). Saul was the best available choice for king (see also Royal Democracy) among the Israelites at that time: "there is none like him among all the people" (1 Samuel 10:24 KJV). But even the best available human is a vastly inferior substitute for the LORD as King, as the Israelites soon were given to learn.
"Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?"
The prophet Samuel delivered the LORD's anointing of Saul, which would be followed by The Holy Spirit: "10:6 And the spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man" (1 Samuel 10:6 KJV).
"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? 10:2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre [see Rachel's Journey] 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?
Saul had every natural and supernatural advantage to conduct himself as king: "the spirit of God came upon him."
"10:9 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. 10:10 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. 10:11 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?
"Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians" (1 Samuel 10:18 KJV) is a plain statement that the Israelites wanted a human substitiute for the LORD as their King. And who was it that "brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians"? "10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV).
"10:17 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh; 10:18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt [see Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death? and Christ The Creator], and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: 10:19 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." (1 Samuel 10:17-19 KJV)
At the time of his anointing, Saul had humility. Unfortunately, he later lost it, and the wisdom that humility provides.
"10:20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken. 10:21 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. 10:22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither.
Fact Finder: What happened when Saul proved himself to be an unfit king? Who was chosen to replace Saul? Did Israel suffer a civil war in order to make David the king in place of Saul? Did Israel continue to have human kings who failed to lead in the good way?