1 Samuel 9

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 9

Overview.

Samuel meets a man named Saul.

Samuel appears not as judge or ruler of all Israel from the early source in the book of 1 Samuel, but a more modest figure, a local man of God (v.6), a highly respected seer (v.11). The kingship at this time was a splendid thing, a blessing from God voluntarily bestowed, and not a concession to the improper desires of the people (v.16). And Samuel himself seemed pleased with the idea of the kingship and his part in creating it(vv.19-24), when he found a man named Saul.

Chapter 9 describes a profile of Saul. He was a Benjamite, son of Kish. He was an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites, a head taller than any of others, He was a faithful son to his father, helping his father. He did not know God when Samuel met him. But he was humble man when he received the message from God. (v.21)

God chose him to be future king of Israel (v.15-16). A new era of Israel was just about to begin.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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