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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."

The Hill Of Timnath

"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.

9:3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. 9:4 And he passed through mount Ephraim [see Mount Ephraim], and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.

9:5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.

9:6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

9:7 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?

9:8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way. 9:9 (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.)

9:10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was." (1 Samuel 9:1-10 KJV)

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?

9:12 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place: 9:13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

Samuel at Ramah 9:14 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.

9:15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 9:16 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, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

9:17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people." (1 Samuel 9:11-17 KJV)

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.

9:19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart. 9:20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?

9:21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

9:22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons. 9:23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.

9:24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.

9:25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house. 9:26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. 9:27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God." (1 Samuel 9:18-27 KJV)

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?
See Saul The Benjamite, Paul The Christian Jew; see also Genesis 43: The Benjamin Connection and Joshua 18: The Land Of Benjamin


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This Day In History, March 26

590: Emperor Maurice proclaimed his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

1026: Pope John XIX crowned Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).

The Bluenose 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.


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