I Samuel 9 Part 1–Israel Get’s their King

The people wanted a cool king, one that looked good that was powerful and would lead them–like all the other kings.  God heard their cry.  He found a young man among the tribe of Benjamin named Saul. Saul was the tallest and most handsome man in Israel.  So God told Samuel that He would send Saul Samuel’s way, and that Samuel was to anoint Saul as King.  Saul was not from any royal lineage–because until then, Israel had no such a thing.  So, as God was choosing a king–He could choose anyone. So He used the people’s standard–tall, strong and handsome. Israel had no idea what they were asking for, but, God was fine to give it to them.
 
In our lives, we often think we have things all figured out.  We call on God to make our plan a reality.  God is patient and kind. In that, He will often not give us what we think we need–instead God will give us what we truly need. Still, there are other times when God will warn us of a danger, but, then allow us to execute our plan. As we do, He also allows us to experience the consequence of the plans we made.  It is often difficult, sad and painful. Still in the midst of it, God loves us and will walk through the path with us–knowing we have made a mess.  We must never be afraid to admit we tried to take the thrown and repent.  We also must listen and seek the Lord; so, we can follow His plan and not ours.
 
God Bless You
There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else…

But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”

Saul said to his servant, “If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?”

The servant answered him again. “Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekel[a] of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.” (Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)

10 “Good,” Saul said to his servant. “Come, let’s go.” So they set out for the town where the man of God was.

11 As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?”

12 “He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place. 13 As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”

14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”

17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

18 Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”

19 “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20 As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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