1 Samuel 11

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 11

Overview.

Saul proved himself kingship.

When Samuel anointed Saul king of Israel, Saul was not fully recognized his kingship by the Israelites (1 Samuel 10:11-12). Even his hometown people despised him saying, “how can this fellow save us?” (10:27).

However, Saul proved himself able to lead his people when Ammonites attacked Israel. The Ammonites to the east were not so dangerous to national security of Israel as the Philistine to the west. The Spirit of God came upon him and he led Israel to victory of the Ammonites. Saul led the Israelites to marching all night to attack by surprise on the morning.

His victory over them would show Saul capable of meeting the stronger enemy on the west, and also free Israel from having to fight on two fronts. Saul’s kingship was then publicly proclaimed as the Israelites gave him their trust saying, “Who was it that asked, Shall Saul reign over us?” (v.12).  They confirmed Saul as king at Gilgal.

“The Spirit of God,” empowered Saul to victory and to prove his kingship.

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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