A King To Rule

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Saul becomes king

1 Samuel 7:7–13 KJV 1900
7 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines. 9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him. 10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel. 11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car. 12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. 13 So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
God was the deliverer of Israel.....against the philistines.
God literally fought against the enemies of Israel for them through the “seer” or prophet.
the Lord Discomfited the philistines...meaning...
bring into motion or confusion.
be beside oneself.
1 Samuel 8:1–5 KJV 1900
1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer-sheba. 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
the people sought after a king to rule them and to fight their battles
the people already had a God that had made promises to be with Israel and to never forsake them
and that they would be a mighty nation and feared by all....but they still rebelled and wanted to serve man rather than God.
this is not much different than today....
during bible times, God spoke through prophets....
so God didn’t actually speak to the people directly but through a man anointed and chosen of God
we have the same thing today....God speaks through the preacher but the people still chose to go their own way and not listen.
1 Samuel 8:6 KJV 1900
6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.
Samuel was displeased because God was Israels deliverer but the people weren’t happy with that....
the people feared man more than they feared God...
Matthew 10:28 KJV 1900
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
the people wanted an actual person...they wanted to be like all other nations.
they wanted someone to rule over them and to deliver them from their enemies.
God wanted the nation of Israel to be set apart...
to be different..peculiar
1 Peter 2:9 KJV 1900
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
God wanted his people to be set apart for Gods purpose
God had promised to be their deliverer
that they would become a mighty nation..but the people where never happy.
1 Samuel 8:7–9 KJV 1900
7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
so Samuel began to tell the people all about what it was to have a king rule over them....all of the downsides to having a ruler.
1 Samuel 9:2–3 KJV 1900
2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people. 3 And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.
Saul went to several towns looking for the asses and found them not..
he would have turned back but his servant made a suggestion to seek direction from a man of God (a seer/prophet) named Samuel
he passed through several towns until he reached the land of Zuph
1 Samuel 9:15–17 KJV 1900
15 Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.
God had told Samuel the day before as well as the day of that Saul would come
God had talked to the prophet but not to the man Saul.
Saul had no idea....he thought he was merely looking for his fathers asses or donkeys...
when Samuel saw Saul…he greeted him and told him that he would eat with him that day…to not worry about the asses for they where found.
1 Samuel 9:21 KJV 1900
21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
So this whole time, Saul had no idea what was going on...or that he would be elected King.
imagine being just an ordinary person one day and king the next.
so Samuel told him to go to a city and he would see some holy men coming down from the mountain and that they would prophesy and Saul would as well...
1 Samuel 10:6 KJV 1900
6 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
so the spirit of God moved on Saul in preparation for his kingship.
1 Samuel 10:7–8 KJV 1900
7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. 8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
Saul was told specifically to wait in Gilgal for the prophet Samuel and that he would perform the offices of the priest and to offer sacrifices unto God.
in doing so, he would let Saul know what he was to do.
this is an important thing to remember in our discussion of the downfall of Saul.
1 Samuel 10:9–10 KJV 1900
9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
God made Saul a new man by the power of his spirit upon him.
Saul had a good start but there would be problems that Saul encountered that would be his down fall.
1 Samuel 10:17–19 KJV 1900
17 And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeh; 18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: 19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.
so Saul became Israels first king....appointed by God but because of the people....not the will of God.
it was never the intention of God to have a king to rule over Israel...God wanted to be their king, ruler, protector and deliverer......
God has always just wanted a relationship with his people.
we see that on Calvary, God became exactly that.....
in so much that the vail in the temple was torn from top to bottom symbolizing that we no longer had to go through a priest..but that we could go directly to the father through the man, Jesus Christ.
we where granted access to the very throne of God…to those that are in Christ.
to those that are born again of water and spirit....covered by the blood of the Lamb.
God promised that he would be all these things to his people if they would just follow him and obey his commandments.
2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV 1900
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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