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.