Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Yahweh Chooses Saul As King of the Israelites (1 Samuel, Chapter 9)
In Chapter 9, a young man named Saul is introduced. He's tall, handsome, and "goodly". In fact, he's the "goodliest" man of all the Benjamites. One day he was sent, along with a servant, to look for his father's donkeys, and he went all over the land looking for those damned donkeys, too!
Finally, as fate would have it, he happened upon the city in which Samuel (the current judge) was waiting for him. The night before, Yahweh (God) told Samuel that around this time tomorrow the man who He chose to be king of the Israelites would appear.
So, from the humble origins of a man looking for his dad's donkeys, Saul stumbles into quite a conundrum. He finds the donkeys at least, because they were apparently found by Samuel. Saul was surprised by all the special treatment he was receiving, for he was a member of the smallest of the Israelite tribes, and was of fairly simple origins.
The chapter ends in cliffhanger fashion with Samuel just about to break the news to Saul. After some fine dining, Samuel tells Saul: "Ask your servant to leave (and the servant leaves) and stand still for awhile, for I am going to show you the Word of God."