The First Book of Samuel
Biblical King Saul Biography Lesson
King Saul Story in the Bible Events
So nice to have you back again for more Daily Bread. At this point in
our story, we're about to meet the man that becomes the first king of
Don't forget now, that Samuel is quite upset and offended by the
whole business of Israel choosing a king to replace judges in Israel.
You may remember from the beginning of the book of Judges, we learned
that as long as a judge was alive and overseeing the welfare of
Israel as God guided, things went fine for them, but when a judge
died, then the people would always go astray.
18 And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord
was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their
enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because
of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed
19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they
returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in
following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they
ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
Biblical King Saul Biography Discussion
King Saul Story in the Bible Story
As you know, throughout history, God has shown mercy and forgiveness
to people, because man is but flesh and blood and Original Sin is
inherited by everyone. And even though the children of Israel, His
chosen people, made a choice to ask for a king over them instead of
following God's plans, our Lord still, knowing their character and
yet loving them deeply, stepped in to assist them. God told Samuel:
1 Samuel 9:16
To-morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of
Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people
Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the
Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is
come unto me.
So, this man, who would be king of Israel, would essentially be
chosen by God. But, God gives everyone freedom of choice, and as with
every human being that ever lived, the decisions a person makes,
whether chosen by God or not, are not always the choices God wants.
Biblical King Saul Biography Questions
King Saul Story in the Bible Answers
Let's find out how this man learned that he would be king of Israel.
There was a man of the tribe of Benjamin named Kish, who was a
"mighty man of power." You can decide for yourself whether this means
physically strong, influential and respected, or rich. But at any
rate, Kish had a son named Saul, who was a fine young man and very
tall, taller than any of the people.
One day the mules of Kish wandered off, so he sent Saul along with a
servant to go and find them. They searched far and wide for the
animals but couldn't find them, and finally Saul said to the servant,
Let's go back home, or my father will stop worrying about the mules,
and instead worry about us. But the servant convinced Saul to go on
to a certain city because he had heard of a man of God (Prophet)
named Samuel, and thought perhaps he could guide them to the mules.
Saul was concerned because they had nothing to offer Samuel. They had
eaten all their bread, so how could they pay Samuel for his help? But
the servant had a fourth of a shekel of silver, so they decided to
present that as their gift, and they went on to the city. On their
way, there were some young maidens going out to draw water from a
well, and they asked where they could find Samuel. The maidens told
them that there was a sacrifice and feast planned, and directed them
where to go.
Biblical King Saul Biography Truth
King Saul Story in the Bible Saga
Samuel, of course, knowing in advance because God had told him, was
expecting Saul, and when he came into sight, the Lord said to Samuel,
This is the man I told you about! He shall reign over my people.
Saul came near to Samuel and asked where the house of the seer
(Prophet) was. Samuel answered, I am the seer, go up to the high
place (a temple or altar, usually built on an elevation, that the
ancient Jewish people used for worship), you will eat with me today
and tomorrow I will tell you all you want to know, and you may go.
As for the mules that went missing three days ago, don't worry about
them, they're found ... And the king that Israel desires, will be you.
Well, Saul thought that Samuel was joking with him, and he replied,
I'm from the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the
smallest of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. Why do you
make fun of me?
Remember why Benjamin was at that time the smallest of the tribes of
Israel? It wasn't many generations before that the entire tribe was
destroyed, except for 600 men. You can review that story in The Book
Biblical King Saul Biography Summary
King Saul Story in the Bible Conclusion
Samuel took Saul and his servant and set them in the most honored
place among the guests that were invited. Samuel told the cook to
bring a special portion to Saul. So Saul did eat with Samuel that
day. The next day, Samuel told Saul to ask the servant to go on ahead
of them, but for Saul to stay a while so that he could show him the
Word of God.
How does Samuel convince Saul that he's not kidding about becoming
king of Israel? Just gotta come back soon and see what happens next,
right here at Daily Bread!
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