In the last chapter of 1 Samuel, Samuel chose his successor. His method of choosing? Pointing to the first person to enter the town and proclaiming him the new leader. This person was Saul and his resume includes searching for donkeys. Yes, searching for donkeys. In 1 Samuel 10 Saul is officially made king of the Israelites.
“Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?’” – 1 Samuel 10:1
Come on Saul, flee! Someone pours olive oil over my head and I’m punching them in the balls and fleeing!
“After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” – 1 Samuel 10:5-6
In other words, a bunch of crazy people spouting nonsense will cross your path. It is not a sign of God.
“Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” – 1 Samuel 10:7
Does that mean Saul can jack off with that hand? Kill someone? Samuel has left it wide open and made it clear God supports whatever Samuel does with that hand.
“As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.” – 1 Samuel 10:8
Pay particular attention to this verse. The Bible makes it clear it was God and only God who changed Saul’s heart. Whatever happens from here on out is directly the result of God, not Saul.
“Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah and said to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.’” – 1 Samuel 10:17-18
Egypt did not oppress the Israelites. God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians. God is the one who oppressed the Israelites.
That concludes 1 Samuel 10. Saul is now king. Saul’s heart has been changed by God but we aren’t told in which way Saul’s heart is turned. The Bible, however, makes it clear that God has made the change and whatever Saul does from here on out is the direct result of God messing in the affairs of others.
Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 11: Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh