THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Seven

Gimme a "K"

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 - “You are about to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’ 15 If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the Lord your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner. 16 “The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ 17 The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself. 18 “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. 20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.

I. Saul “the Asked for”

1 Samuel 9:1-2 - There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land.

A. Notice the introduction

  • This is the same way the stories of Samson and Samuel begin.
  • They are linked together. This is the last place where we see this formula.

B. The name Saul means, "Asked for".

C. Looking for the donkeys. God has set this up for Samuel and Saul to meet.

  • We will see in the life of Saul how many times his ideology or theology gets him in trouble.

1 Samuel 9:15 - Now the Lord had told Samuel the previous day, 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”

God is in control. 

II. King or Ruler?

A. Now we have a true phraseology change in V16. God Calls Saul a leader, ruler (nagid). In chapter 8 the word king (melek) is used 9 times. 

  • God is looking at the kingship like a vice regent.
  • Later we will see that God chose David next to be king. Israel thought they would be like other kingdoms and hand it down. God never relinquished his rights or control.
  • David knew he was God’s Nagid (ruler) Even when David transfers the throne to Solomon he knows that the Lord must confirm it. He is not the king!

B. You are not out of God’s purview. (Scope of influence)

  • Just because you think you are making the decisions doesn’t mean you are making the decisions
  • Just because you have a choice doesn’t make God ineffectual in your life.
Hebrews 12:6 - For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child." As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
  • We are going to see divine discipline all over Israel and Saul in the coming weeks.
  • Give up your throne. God doesn’t give up his responsibility.

1 Samuel 9:17 - When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”

  • He will rule(atsar) that can be translated govern. He doesn’t use the word reign over (malak) which is used in the request of the people in chapter 8. 
  • Atsar can mean to restrain detain or withhold. To keep someone in check.

III. Saul is not excited

A. Samuel tells Saul that he and his family will be the focus of all Israel’s hopes.

And this is his reply…
1 Samuel 9:21 - Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?"

  • Another reluctant leader called by God. Just like Gideon.
  • We should begin to realize it doesn’t matter where you come from or where you have been. God’s call is God’s call.

B. God gives responsibility

  • So many of us are trying to get out of responsibility
  • Every time God calls he is looking for someone to embrace the responsibility.
  • If you can get a hold of that truth that God is king and when he gives you responsibility it is backed up by his resources not your own. His knowledge His leadership, His power, His cattle on a thousand hills.

C. Embrace it

  • Samuel anoints Saul as ruler.
  • Then He tells Saul of all these signs that are going to happen to Him in chapter 10. Who he is going to meet and what is going to happen and it all happens.
  • The power of the Holy Spirit will come upon him, He will prophesy with other prophets.

1 Samuel 10: 7 - After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.

  • When God gives us a responsibility he is with you.
  • Look what happened to Saul when he turned to obey.

1 Samuel 10: 9-10 - As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.

  • Embrace the responsibility that God is giving you. He will give you a heart that thrives in it.

Summary

We all get afraid when God calls. Be strong and of good courage. God can and will use you. He wants to. He is with you. He will give you a new heart and you will accomplish things that you never could have imagined. Saul felt the same way you do right now.

1 Samuel 10:20-22 - So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the Lord, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot. 21 Then he brought each family of the tribe of Benjamin before the Lord, and the family of the Matrites was chosen. And finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! 22 So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” 

I know you feel like hiding among the baggage. Embrace the responsibility and God will be with you. He will give you a new heart. And you will see what God can do.