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Thursday, March 27 2014

1 Samuel 10: King Saul of Israel

"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"

With the meeting of Samuel and Saul accomplished (see 1 Samuel 9: Saul Of Benjamin and Samuel The Seer), Saul was anointed, 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) as the first national king of Israel (see 1 Samuel 8: Our King May Judge Us to understand the meaning of "king"). Interestingly, Rachel, the mother of Benjamin, from whom the Benjamites originated, is mentioned at the time of the anointing of Saul of Benjamin (see also The Rachel Prophecies).

Rachel's Tomb

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

Saul was given every means to be a good king - including a bountiful measure of the Holy Spirit. Any failure by Saul would be without excuse.

"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.

The people, who had demanded a human king for themselves, were enthusiastic - whereas humble Saul (as he still was at that time) would just as well have remained as he was. The LORD and Samuel condoned it as a timeless lesson for those who prefer human leaders in place of the LORD.

Saul Prophesies

"10:14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye?

And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.

10:15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.

10:16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not.

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, 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.

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 enquired 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." (1 Samuel 10:14-24 KJV)

The coronation of Saul marked the end of the era of the Judges (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges and Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel) and the beginning of the era of the Israelite monarchy that would be born from a civil war (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Saul and David and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Civil War).

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. 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace." (1 Samuel 10:25-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why didn't King Saul have his throne in Jerusalem? Who was the first king of Israel to reign from Jerusalem?
See Why Didn't David And Saul Fight For Jerusalem?; see also the complete study series for Jerusalem, beginning with A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning


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This Day In History, March 27

196 BC: Ptolemy V became king of Egypt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

King James 1512: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrived at Florida.

1536: Swiss Protestants in Strassbourg and Constance signed the First Helvetic Confession.

1613: The first English child born in Canada - at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland.

1625: King James I, the first king to rule both England and Scotland, died. The King James Bible was named after him. He was succeeded by Charles I.

1802: The Treaty of Amiens was signed in France by Britain, France, Spain and the Batavian Republic, achieving a complete peace in Europe for 14 months during the Napoleonic Wars.

1854: The United Kingdom declared war on Russia, beginning the Crimean War.

1886: In an attempt to stop the genocide of the native-American people, the Apache warrior Geronimo surrendered to the U.S. Army.

1910: Archaeological digging near the Temple Mount by Captain Montague Parker (he was searching for items from the Second Temple; see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today) set off turmoil from both Muslims and Jews (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism). Many Jews and Christians believe that despite the destruction of The Temple, the Ark Of The Covenant is safely hidden in a secret tunnel somewhere under the Temple Mount (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Temple Of The LORD). In 1995, another archaeologist noted how the massive stones from the Herodian Temple had been hurled down and smashed onto the street far below, exactly as Jesus Christ said would happen (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).

1915: Mary Mallon, commonly known as "Typhoid Mary," the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the U.S., was forced into quarantine where she remained for the rest of her life.

1923: Scottish chemist and physicist Sir James Dewar, who invented the thermos flask and cordite (a smokeless gunpowder), died.

1945: Germany launched its last V2 rocket from the Hague in the Netherlands, crashing in Orpington, southeast of London.

1958: Nikita Khrushchev became the leader of the Soviet Union.

1964: The most powerful earthquake on record for North America occurred at Anchorage, Alaska. It measured 8.3 on the Richter Scale.

1968: Yuri Gagarin, 34, Soviet cosmonaut, the first human in space, was killed in a training flight.

1977: The worst aviation accident in history killed 582 people in the Canary Islands when two 747 airliners collided on the runway.

1980: Mount St. Helens in Washington state became active after 123 years of inactivity.

1996: Yigal Amir received a life sentence for assassinating Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995.


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