It was no small thing to be anointed as Israel’s 1st King. Still, Saul, the farmer’s son was simply out looking for his dad’s livestock, (and not having any luck…). So when God’s prophet anointed Saul as king of Israel, there was no fanfare, no parade. Fox and NBC were not on site. It was a small and very private ceremony. I am sure that as Saul stood looking at Samuel he was a bit peeved when the prophet poured oil over his head. Still, what happened that day was the beginning of a change in Israel that would lead to the redemption of the world.
After the anointing, Samuel sent Saul on his way home. He warned Saul though that his life was about to change. once the Spirit of the Adonai filled him, Saul would be changed for life. It is important to note that in those times, that the Holy spirit was only active in prophet’s, priests and now kings. They were God’s intermediaries for the people. That is why it was critical that those people be above reproach. Saul would be the 1st King anointed–So what he did and what he became would impact what happened with his nation.
In our lives, we have been given the same gift that Saul would enjoy. The Holy Spirit does indwell us–as children of God. Acts 1:8, “ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We receive the spirit as a guide, comforter, teacher and lead. As we seek the Lord, that lead carries us through life’s greatest challenges and opportunities. We have to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leadership, and follow the Lord with humility and a grateful heart. That is what the prophet’s, the great King’s and the devoted priests did. Jesus said it best, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you!” Matthew 6:33 Let’s seek the Lord, and allow the Spirit to lead so we can be like a King!
God Bless You
Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?[a] 2 When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’
3 “Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.
5 “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.
8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”