Samuel Anoints Saul as King


The people of Israel decided they wanted a king like all the other nations.  Although God said they were rejecting Him, He gave them what they wanted but warned them the kings would take your property, children and bring war.  He then told Samuel where to go to find the new king.

1 Samuel 9

15Now the lord had told Samuel the previous day, 16“About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”
17When Samuel saw Saul, the lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”
18Just then Saul approached Samuel at the gateway and asked, “Can you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”
19“I am the seer!” Samuel replied. “Go up to the place of worship ahead of me. We will eat there together, and in the morning I’ll tell you what you want to know and send you on your way. 20And don’t worry about those donkeys that were lost three days ago, for they have been found. And I am here to tell you that you and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes.”
21Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
22Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and placed them at the head of the table, honoring them above the thirty special guests. 23Samuel then instructed the cook to bring Saul the finest cut of meat, the piece that had been set aside for the guest of honor. 24So the cook brought in the meat and placed it before Saul. “Go ahead and eat it,” Samuel said. “I was saving it for you even before I invited these others!” So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
Respond:  How did Saul see himself?   Did Samuel treat him the way Saul would expect?  Why?

3 thoughts on “Samuel Anoints Saul as King

  1. Saul thought himself as a non important person. He was not expecting to be treated the way Samuel did. He says he and his family are one of the least important people. He was confused and questioned why he was treated like this.

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