Today’s Journey Through the Bible Readings: 1Samuel 10-12; Luke 9:37-62
20 Then Samuel brought all the Israelite tribes forward, and the tribe of Benjamin was selected. 21 Next Samuel brought the tribe of Benjamin forward by its families, and the family of Matri was selected. Samuel then brought the family of Matri forward, person by person, and Saul, Kish’s son, was selected. But when they looked for him, he wasn’t to be found. 22 So they asked another question of the Lord: “Has the man come here yet?”
The Lord said, “Yes, he’s hiding among the supplies.” 23 They ran and retrieved Saul from there, and when he stood up in the middle of the people, he was head and shoulders taller than anyone else.
24 “Can you see the one the Lord has chosen?” Samuel asked all the people. “He has no equal among the people.”
Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!”
25 Samuel then explained to the people how the monarchy should operate and wrote it in a scroll and placed it in the Lord’s presence. Then Samuel sent every person back to their homes. 26 Saul also went back to his home in Gibeah. Along with him went courageous men whose hearts God had touched. 27 But some despicable people said, “How can this man save us?” They despised Saul and didn’t bring him gifts, but Saul didn’t say anything (1 Samuel 10:20-27, Common English Bible).
A preacher friend of mine told me on his last Sunday with a particular congregation he said, “I told you when I came here that at some point in my time here I would make everyone happy. Some of you I made happy just by coming to this church. Some of you I would make happy while I was here. And, for all the rest of you? Well, today is your day. You too should be happy as I take my leave.”
I don’t know for sure if the story is actually true or not. I wasn’t there as I am usually busy at my own place on Sunday mornings. Knowing the pastor, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a true story but then again, it could also be a tall tale like many of us, regardless of profession.
As part of yesterday’s readings, the Israelites, much to Samuel’s dismay, are once again not satisfied with their situation. For awhile now in our daily readings, the Israelites have wanted a king. Yesterday, though Samuel was anything but happy with the situation, God relented and is giving them a king.
In today’s reading we find out how Saul was selected to be King of the Israelites and we are off to a rather dubious start. Saul isn’t really interested in becoming king. Rather than stepping up and accepting the call of God, Saul is hiding out among the supplies. At least some of the people weren’t amused. The lesson says, “But some despicable people said, “How can this man save us?” They despised Saul and didn’t bring him gifts, but Saul didn’t say anything.”
I would like to think I would have been satisfied with God and Samuel leading Israel. Would I have been? I really can’t know for sure, I would just like to think that way.
Still, once the decision was made and the King was selected, it is surprising that, in the midst of the “Long live the King” celebration, the celebration of a new totalitarian government, there would be those who would show open disdain to the new king. How fortunate for them. Saul noticed, but said nothing about the snub.
The grace of Saul would prove not to last.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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