The end of Samuel is here and Samuel needs to name his successor. The title gives it away. The successor to Samuel will be Saul. The chapter begins with Saul and his servant looking for a lost donkey. In their search, they come upon the town in which Samuel is currently located.
“Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: ‘About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.’” – 1 Samuel 9:15-16
This is how God chooses? Every day in every town in the world a non-resident of the town enters the town’s boundaries. It’s called life. Yet it’s not how we choose mayors, councils, etc. Why? Because we are smarter than God. We realize choosing the first outsider to enter a town on a given day is the worst possible method of choosing a leader. Next Samuel takes Saul to eat dinner.
“As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, ‘Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.’” – 1 Samuel 19:27
At this point I would be doing everything I could to get the fuck out of town because these people are crazy! Tell me you would do otherwise and I’ve found myself a liar.
That does it for this chapter. Not much took place. Saul went looking for a few donkeys and suddenly finds himself leader of the Israelites. That’s his resume. Donkey searcher. Yep, perfect job skill to be leader of a tribe of people!
Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 10: Saul Made King