1 Samuel 10

1 Samuel 10 has Samuel letting Saul know what his future looks like.  “You shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies”.  That is quite a change from spending his time looking for donkeys.  But God has a different plan for Saul’s life, and Samuel now has to convince him what that new life will look like.  Samuel tells him “you will meet two men….they will say to you….the donkeys that you went to seek are found and now your father….is anxious about you”.  Samuel describes the first meeting to come.

Then he tells him “three men….will meet you….one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine”.  Not exactly a random happen stance meeting – very descriptive so Saul will know that Samuel is speaking God’s truth.  And finally “you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying”.  More detail that will verify that what Samuel says is of God.  But here is what Samuel tells him will happen, “the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man”.

Then it happened.  “When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart”.  God moved in Saul and changed him from a young man who was spending life serving his father and their farm operation and gave him the heart of a king.  Samuel describes the plan to let the people know that he is God’s choice, and he calls all the people together and tells them “I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you….today you have rejected your God, who saves you”.  Then he tells them that God is appointing a king to rule.

So Samuel draws lots to let knew know who that will be.  “And Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot”.  It seems like a different way to pick a king, but Samuel already knew he it was to be and God made it happen as the lots were drawn.  But Saul wasn’t anywhere to be found.  When they asked for him, Samuel was told “he has hidden himself among the baggage”.  Saul isn’t sure that is what he signed up for.  But he comes forward and Samuel announces him as king.  Then everyone takes off and Saul goes home to “and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched”.  God changes the hearts of many as he prepares this transition for His people.

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