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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel (10:9-27) Sovereignty and Kingship!

As we continue our study of I Samuel, we look at the second half of chapter 10. We read in verse 9 that “As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart.” Remember Samuel’s prophesy in verse 6 that “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”

In this section, Saul leaves Samuel and the prophecy about Saul’s joining the procession of prophets comes true (v. 10). The question is asked by those who knew Saul — “Is Saul also among the prophets?” (v. 11).

Saul reports their finding the donkeys to his uncle, but doesn’t tell him about the kingship (vv. 12-16).

Samuel summons and addresses all Israel at Mizpah. He rehearses their deliverance by God from Egypt and says, “But now you have rejected your God [in demanding a human king]” (v. 19).

A public process of selection takes place — but Saul is nowhere to be found! He has hidden himself among the supplies (v. 22).

Samuel announces Saul as king, explains the rights and duties of kingship, writing them down on a scroll (v. 25). The people are dismissed. Saul goes to his home in Gibeah, “accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched” (v. 26). But some “scoundrels” said, “How can this fellow save us?” (v. 27). They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent (v. 27).

A big part of the Christian life is getting changed, right? God changed Saul’s heart (v. 9), just as Samuel had predicted (“and you will be changed into a different person”, v. 6).  God is into changing hearts, isn’t He?

God sovereignly has Saul prophesy with the procession of the prophets (v. 10).

Samuel charges Israel with rejecting God as their king, but conducts a public selection anyway. When the lot falls on Saul, he is hiding among the supplies. This seems to be a genuine expression of humility (or fear), a characteristic that will elude him later in his reign.

Although Saul is accompanied by “valiant men whose hearts God had touched,” we are also told of a segment of beginning opposition to Saul’s rule.

God works through fallible human beings, giving in to their demands to be like the other nations. The kingship begins.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2018 in I Samuel 10

 

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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel (10:1-8)

The prophet Samuel prophesies three events that will happen to Saul when he leaves Samuel. After anointing Saul and kissing him, Samuel says that the Lord has anointed him as ruler over His inheritance (v. 1). Samuel then says Saul will have three encounters: (1) one will be that he will meet two men who turn over the lost donkeys to him, even using the words that Saul’s father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about Saul! (v. 2)

(2) The second encounter will involve three men going to worship at Bethel. Samuel specifies what they will be carrying! Saul is to accept two loaves of bread from them (v. 4).

(3) The third encounter will happen close to a Philistine outpost! There he will meet a procession of prophets coming from the high place and prophesying. Samuel says, “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.”

Samuel then promises to meet Saul in Gilgal and to wait seven days for him to arrive and to give him further instructions (v. 8).

Please notice:  Samuel is a real prophet!  He is given information by God that can only be explained as supernatural revelation!  He knows the number of the men in each of the two first encounters.  He knows the words the first men will use about Saul’s father worrying about him.  He knows exactly what each man will be carrying in the second encounter.  He knows what the procession of the prophets will be doing in the third encounter and how it will impact Saul himself.  Such knowledge can only be God-given.  Perhaps Saul needed these concrete evidences of Samuel’s prophetic gift.

What a great statement Samuel gives after prophesying the third encounter: “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.”  Oh, that each of us would changed into different people because of the presence of the Spirit of the Lord!   And that each of us would have the freedom to do whatever our hands find to do because God is with us!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2018 in I Samuel 10

 

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