Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. We pick back up today with our 28 Day reading challenge in 1 Samuel 9-10. If you are just joining us, don't feel like you have to have read all the readings prior, just jump in and read the passage for the day and give your thoughts. Here we go!
These are two of my all-time favorite chapters in the Scriptures right here. I know that when we often think of Saul we think of the guy who was rejected by God as king; however, we forget that it was God who first chose him. Before he had his kingship taken from him, God had anointed Saul for the job. Because there are too many parts I like in these two chapters, I'm going to bullet-point out my favorite segments.
* I think we need more seers in our days - people who can hear from God (9:9)
* I love the fact that Samuel had been told by God the day before to keep an eye out the next day for a man from the tribe of Benjamin who He would anoint king (9:15-16)
* Saul is humbled by the fact that Samuel has said these things to him and he mentions his family being the least significant. This tells me that with God is doesn't matter what your past is or who your family is or isn't. God anoints those He chooses. (9:21)
* Samuel anoints Saul to be the leader of Israel and gives him a picture of what he will experience as he travels ahead. Then he tells him two things that I think every leader should take notice of: First, he tells him that the Spirit of the LORD will come upon him and he will prophesy. Then he says, "you will be changed into a different person.(10:6)" Amazing! Samuel tells Saul that when the Spirit of the LORD comes on you it is going to make a different person. Isn't this true for us as well? When the Spirit of the LORD comes upon us we too should become different people. Second, I think the next verse is a verse every leader should study, reflect on, and wrestle with. Samuel says to him, "After these signs take place, do whatever you think is best, for God will be with you. (10:7)" WOW! Really? He didn't say, "pray really hard before every decision." He tells him to simply do as he feels is best because God is with him. Do you believe this to be a lesson that leaders could learn from? I could understand if Samuel would have told Saul to consult him before any tough decisions or make sure to fast and pray for several days, but he didn't. All he tells him is to do what he thinks is best because God is with him.
* When Saul's friends learn he is prophesying and has been anointed their response is to question where he is from and who his family is (10:11). This was the exact same response to Jesus ("isn't he from Nazareth?"/"isn't this the son of Joseph?"). How many times do we let people's questioning of our ability to keep us from stepping into God's plan for us?
* In response to Saul's friends questioning, one of the neighbors responded by saying, "it doesn't matter who his father is; anyone can become a prophet. (10:12)"
* After declared king of Israel, the Scriptures tells us that God touched the heart of a band of men to surround Saul to be his constant companions (10:26), but there were also detractors (10:27). I pray that I will always have a band of people who God puts on their hearts to support me. We all need that. Unfortunately, there are often too many detractors out there that the companion's voices get drowned out. We have to be like Saul and choose to ignore the voice of the detractors.
What were your thoughts as you read? What questions emerged?