Throughout his history, Saul had a unique history with the prophet Samuel. Whenever Samuel was near, Saul did well. However, whenever Samuel was not on the scene, Saul took matters into his own hands, which led to chaos.
This passage speaks of Saul’s mission as a king: to save God’s people from the hand of the Philistines. Unfortunately, by the end of his life, Saul never accomplished this – he died by the hands of the Philistines.
The young women also told Saul, “As soon as you enter the city you will find Samuel, before he goes up to the high place to eat. For the people will not eat till he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat” (9:13).
This passage talks about the people waiting for Samuel to bless the sacrifice before eating. Waiting and timing is a minor theme between Samuel and Saul.
God will use lost donkeys to ensure a meeting between the prophet, Samuel, and the future king, Saul.
Now that the nation of Israel has requested a king, God directs Samuel to the first king of the United Kingdom.
My #sermonsketchnote of the weekend message taught by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.
Israel will not bend – they are set on having a king now, not in God’s timing. The desire to be like other nations, to have what others have is so overwhelming, it blinds the nation to what is best. Thus, Samuel’s exhortation falls on deaf ears.
Under a king desired by the people, nothing was off-limits. People and property were at his disposal. The king would take, take, and take. And God knows what will eventually happen: the people will cry out to the Lord when things get bad but the Lord will not answer because the people will need to live with their choices.
Bill Arnold, in his commentary on 1Samuel, writes that Israel’s request for a king is sinful in its motives because they no longer wanted to be unique as God’s chosen people, selfish in its timing in that they wanted a king now rather than in God’s timing, and cowardly in its spirit because they no longer wanted to trust Yahweh.
When Israel asked Samuel for a king, they stopped looking up and started looking around. They wanted to be like the other Canaanite nations that had a leader who would go to war and battle other nations.
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