I Samuel 9

“There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. ” I Sam. 9: 1-2

Sounds like a catch! Rich, handsome, tall, from a humble tribe… The kind of man that folks just want to follow. The kind of man folks pick to lead them. The kind of man sent to find the lost animals. What?

Yep, Saul’s rich father sent Saul across the countryside to find the lost donkeys. Of course, this was before he was king. So along with his servant, he traipses high and low, to find the donkeys.

We can see some of Saul’s early character in this search and rescue mission. First of all, he went. I would think that someone other than the son of the wealthy man could search for the donkeys. But we see no complaint from Saul. Then we see that he really searched. Through one land and then another and another. He was diligent. He was not easily distracted. Third, we see his concern for his father as the search was continuing (although, I think the lack of bread mentioned later in the passage might’ve had more to do with his desire to return home 🙂 ) that his father might begin to worry about him. Fourth, we see that he was kind and attentive with his servant. His servant felt some confidence in suggesting a different plan than Saul proposed. And Saul was all ears. He listened, considered the situation, asked for advice, and followed the advice of the servant.

So they went to Samuel. Of course, this was all pre-ordained by mighty God. Samuel was expecting Saul and prepared to obey God. And what did God say was Saul’s purpose as king? To restrain the people of Israel. It looks like the leadership was intended to be more of a blockade to the stubborn people of Israel.

Anyway, a couple of final observations in this interaction with Samuel. One is that Saul was humble. When Samuel showed him favor, Saul was confused because of his humble origins. The last is that Samuel says that he would tell Saul all that was on Saul’s mind the next day. What kind of things were on his mind? I thought he went to Samuel to find the donkeys and Samuel already told him about the donkeys. Was Saul beginning to speculate as to the nature of Samuel’s words to him? Did he have other concerns that were unspoken yet known by Samuel? I don’t know. Sorry. I do see that Samuel is going to tell Saul the word of God. Saul sent the servant home at Samuel’s request and chapter 10 might bring some answers.

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