Saul is the First King (1 Samuel 10)

1Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance.  (1 Sam. 10:1)

14 Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where have you been?”  “Looking for the donkeys,” he said. “But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15 Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.” 16 Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship. (1 Sam 10:14-16)

Finally Saul son of Kish was chosen. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22 So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 23 They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others.  (1 Sam. 10:21b-23)


Saul was just chosen to become the first king of Israel.  This was something he was not pursuing for himself.  He was out looking for some lost donkeys when God changed the course of his life.  Samuel wanted to give Saul further proof that he was God’s chosen one to be king.  In the first 13 verses is when Samuel predicts Saul’s future and what he is about to encounter.  He predicts a number of things that no one would ever be able to guess.  All of things come true.  This should have given Saul great confidence in what Samuel is telling him.  But after that, when Saul is asked by his uncle about what Samuel had spoken to him, he leaves out the details that he was going to be king.  This could have been good discernment on his part.  He did not want word to get about before it was appropriate that he was going to be king.  At the end of the chapter we see the coronation ceremony of Saul.  When the time comes for him to come forward he is hiding in the baggage!  What kind of future king is this!  Despite this, God directed Samuel on where to find him and the people rejoice at who their future king is going to be.

In our lives we should have confidence that we are sons and daughters of God.  He chose us to be the messengers of his gospel.  Like Samuel predicting Saul’s future we know what our future holds as well.  We should have confidence that the Lord is going to return and if he does not return in our lifetime we know that we will spend eternity with him.  These things should allow us to not be afraid of the calling that God has on our lives.  We should NOT be like Saul and hide in the baggage on the fringes of town.  We should stand tall and be bold in our faith.  Knowing that God is going to guide us and protect us in our lives.