Updated: Jul 1, 2020
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I Sam 9; 10
INTRODUCTION. The people of Israel demanded a king to rule over them, thus rejecting
God as their king. Although God permitted them to have a king, He did not
approve, nor did He allow the people to choose the king. Rather, the Lord selected
the man and then ordered and directed the prophet Samuel to anoint him king.
One day Saul, a Benjamite, was searching for his father's donkeys. He came to
Ramah where Samuel lived to inquire of him about the missing animals. Samuel detained
Saul, and the next day at God's direction, Samuel privately anointed Saul as
king. Later Samuel anointed Saul publicly before a gathering of the people of Israel
in Mizpah. Saul was tall and handsome, and when he proved to be a capable military
leader, the people enthusiastically accepted him as their king.