Archive for March 10th, 2012

1 Samuel 10

1 Samuel 10 has the inauguration of a king.  Saul is not so sure about this idea, so even as Samuel is anointing his head with oil and preparing him for the kingship, Saul is resisting the thought.  So Samuel tells Saul there will be some signs – not just a sign – but a number of signs.  “You will meet two men…..three men going up…carrying three goats, another carrying three loaves of bread and another a skin of wine… will meet a group of prophets”.  Three distinct groups of people with specific things that were not accidental.  These are signs that Saul would not be able to miss.

Of course it happened just as Samuel said.  But the third set – the group of prophets – had more to the story.  Samuel told Saul that “the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man”.  Life change was also in the cards for Saul.  God didn’t just call him to be king, God is equipping Saul to be king.  That is how God works.  What God originates, He orchestrates.  If God asks us to do something He will equip us to be able to get the job done.  We see it over and over in scripture, and if we pay attention, we see it repeated in our own lives.

God is in the life change business.  Scripture tells us this about Saul: “When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart….the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them”.  Saul was changed by God.  He didn’t have to do it himself, he just had to let God do his thing.  Saul heads back and tells his uncle that the wild donkey chase he had been sent on didn’t matter any longer.  But he doesn’t tell his family about what God was asking him to do.

Samuel takes care of that.  He calls the people together and casts lots to determine who would lead God’s people.  First it narrows to the tribe of Benjamin.  Then down to the clan of Matrites.  Then the family of Kish.  Then the lot points to Saul.  They call for him but “he could not be found”.  Seems a bit strange doesn’t it?  But “he has hidden himself among the baggage”.  Doesn’t seem like he was ready to be a leader.  But God has called him, and he has the job.  Fortunately he “went men of valor whose hearts God had touched”.  Another thing God does to make sure Saul is equipped – surround him with a group of men who were loyal and men of integrity.  There were also detractors, but God put Saul in the middle of men who would help him succeed.  We need to seek God’s preparation for our situation when we are called to lead!

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