Saul began as a humble man

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.12.2017 – Old Testament: 1Sa 10.20–24

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 10–12 on April 12, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Saul ended his life as an arrogant man who tried repeatedly to kill his most loyal subject (David), but Saul did not begin in that manner,

And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen. And Saul the son of Kish was chosen. But when they sought him, he could not be found. Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD answered, “There he is, hidden among the equipment.” So they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!” (1 Samuel 10.20–24). 

Saul knew from an earlier talk with Samuel that he was the new or first prince of Israel, yet, when the time came for his presentation to Israel, he hid. Later, David would have to hide from Saul, because Saul thought David was a threat to Saul’s reign.

Saul began as a humble man, but then focused less on the Lord and more on himself, until he exalted himself above all.


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