Pastoral Commentary for 1 Samuel 9
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
God understood the hearts of His wayward people. They were impressed by the kings of their pagan neighbors so when God chose a man to be the first king of Israel, he chose Saul, "an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites—a head taller than any of the others." Although God looks at the heart, he knew the Israelites would be impressed with Saul as their leader. Saul is introduced as an ordinary young man on an ordinary mission, seeking lost donkeys for his father. After several days of searching Saul was ready to give up, but his servant urged him to consult a "seer" in the town they were near, who turns out to the prophet Samuel. God had prepared Samuel for this encounter and when he saw Saul, God told Samuel to anoint Saul king over Israel. Samuel told Saul that everything desired by Israel was found in him, but Saul doubted claiming to be from the smallest tribe in Israel. Undoubtedly, Saul's mind was racing as he wondered what message Samuel was going to convey to him from God. Don't you sometimes wonder about God's ways and plans in your life?