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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).

Anointing

"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?

10:3 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: 10:4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.

10:5 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: 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. 10:7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

10:8 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 show thee what thou shalt do." (1 Samuel 10:1-8 KJV)

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?

10:12 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? 10:13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place." (1 Samuel 10:9-13 KJV)

"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.

And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the Stuff.

10:23 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. 10:24 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.

10:25 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.

10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched." (1 Samuel 10:20-26 KJV)

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