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Wednesday, March 26 2014
1 Samuel 9: Saul Of Benjamin and Samuel The Seer
"Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer"
The first meeting of the judge and prophet Samuel (see 1 Samuel 1: Hannah's Dedication Of Samuel and 1 Samuel 3: The Calling Of Samuel) and Saul of Benjamin (see the Fact Finder question below), the man who would be Israel's first human national king (see 1 Samuel 8: Our King May Judge Us) happened from a combination of a seemingly mundane circumstance of lost livestock and the custom to seeking help and guidance from a "seer."
"9:1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power. 9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
The entire matter was no accident. Before the meeting of Samuel and Saul, "Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel."
"9:11 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?
Saul did not begin as he ended. When he was chosen by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), he was humble and wise. So too, although their relationship later ended with Samuel refusing to see or talk with Saul, their relationship began very well.
"9:18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
Fact Finder: Centuries after Saul of Benjamin who became the first king of Israel, was there another Saul of Benjamin who became the apostle Paul?
This Day In History, March 26
590: Emperor Maurice proclaimed his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1169: Salah ad-Di-n Yu-suf ibn Ayyu-b (commonly known in English as "Saladin"), the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, became the emir of Egypt (in Arabic, "emir" mean "commander," "general," or "prince"; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1344: During the "Reconquest of Spain" by Church of Rome's "Christian" forces from the Muslims (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Siege of Algeciras (a city in Spain), ended. It was one of the earliest European battles where gunpowder was used.
1552: Guru Amar Das became the Third Sikh Guru.
1636: Utrecht University was founded in the Netherlands.
1780: The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa, Israel (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).
1812: An earthquake destroyed Caracas, Venezuela.
1827: Ludwig von Beethoven, German composer, one of the greatest composers in history, died. He wrote many of his finest works after he had become totally deaf.
1830: The anti-Biblical "Book of Mormon" was published, in Palmyra, New York.
1902 Cecil Rhodes died at age 49. The English-South African businessman and politician was the 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (South Africa)
1917: British cavalry fought Ottoman/Turkish forces at the Battle of Gaza (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1921: The racing schooner Bluenose was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Captained by Angus Walters, it raced 5 times for the North American fisherman's championships and was never beaten. It also served as a working fishing boat. Sold during the Second World War, it was wrecked near Haiti in 1946. It is commemorated on the Canadian dime.
1938: Herman Goering (one of Adolf Hitler's henchmen) warned all Jews to leave Austria.
1942: Under orders from Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Nazis began transporting Jews to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland.
1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine against polio.
1971: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared East Pakistan the independent republic of Bangladesh.
1973: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt took over the premiership, saying, "the stage of total confrontation [with Israel] has become inevitable" (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1979: At the White House, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt signed the Camp David peace treaty to end 30 years of war between the two countries (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1997: Police in Rancho Santa Fe, California, discovered 39 people (18 men, 21 women) of a cult (see Is Your Church A Cult?) who committed suicide in a rented mansion; indications were that after death they were expecting to be picked up by a spaceship that their leader told them was following Comet Hale-Bopp that was then visible.