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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).
"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?
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?
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.
"10:14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye?
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.
Fact Finder: Why didn't King Saul have his throne in Jerusalem? Who was the first king of Israel to reign from Jerusalem?
This Day In History, March 27
196 BC: Ptolemy V became king of Egypt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
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.