"And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people".
(1 Samuel 9:2 KJV)
"Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?"
(1 Samuel 10:1 KJV)
Saul was a tall, handsome man whose father was a rich man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. So at Our Awesome God's instructions, Samuel the prophet anointed Saul to become the first king of Israel (1 Samuel 9:10-16) and presented him as king to the 12 tribes assembled at Mizpah. The people gave him lip service and he went home with just a small band of supporters. When the 12 tribes were angered by the demands of an Ammonite army on the city of Jabesh, Saul was able to assemble a 330,000 man army which utterly destroyed the Ammonites. (1 Samuel 11: 1-11) After this victory, all 12 tribes accepted him as king at Gilgal and his true reign began.
Saul began to exercise the authority given him as king and created a standing army of 3000 men but he failed to fully obey the commands of God as given him by Samuel. Facing a vastly superior Philistine army and deteriorating morale, Saul decided to perform the sacrifice himself instead of waiting for Samuel as instructed. Rebuked by Samuel for his disobedience and abandoned, Saul's army dwindled to about 600 poorly armed men. (1 Samuel 13) But Saul's son, Jonathan and his armor-bearer, praising God defeated a garrison of Philistines and rallied the Israelites. And God gave them the victory in spite of Saul. They won the battle but a there was a state of war between Israel and the Philistines all the days of Saul. (1 Samuel 14)
God gave Saul a second chance. Samuel told Saul that God commanded him to be His instrument of judgment against the Amalekites. He was to attack them and take no spoil, killing every living person and animal! Saul attacked with his army and God gave him the victory. However, Saul brought back the captive king Agag and most of the livestock. Samuel was livid. He told Saul, "…the Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day…" (1 Samuel 15:28 KJV) and he left and mourned for Saul but he never returned.
Saul continued to hold the title and power of king but he became ineffective. Meanwhile, Samuel was sent to the family of David and David was secretly anointed the next king of Israel. Here began a trail of mistakes where David helped Saul who became jealous, paranoid, a liar and wanting to kill David. He spent his life battling the Ammonites, Philistines (4 times), Moab, Ammon, Edom, Zobah and Amalekites but doing it in his own way. He reigned as king for 40 years and died in a battle along with his sons in 1056 BC. Read 1 Samuel 9:1 to 1 Samuel 31:13 KJV.
We can all remember a time like that. Hopefully we see or have seen our mistakes and asked Our Awesome God for forgiveness and help. Saul had the looks, the confidence, the power and the people's belief in him. But we do not know if he ever repented and knew Our Awesome God.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and BIble Study along with separate Women's Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill