- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- 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 10
Saul, the first king of Israel.
Samuel anointed Saul king. An ointment used in anointing king was olive oil. Therefore, the king came to be called “the Lord’s anointed, “the anointed one.” This title was applied to the prophetic future king in the form “Messiah,” in Hebrew, “ Christos,” in Greek, referring to Jesus Christ. This anointing followed by divine empowerment, “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power, and in prophesying, as a sign of divine power.” (v.10). A man called Saul became anointed king. And God changed his heart.
Anointing was followed by chosen by lot. Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah. Samuel’s address indicated his reluctant proceed as he remembered what God told him (1 Samuel 8:7-9). He let the people choose king by lot, and Saul was selected. Verse 21-22 seem to reflect on Saul unfavorably, a shy man, unfavorable from his own hometown people in Gibeah
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?