Today, we’ll read 1 Samuel chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12. Today we meet Saul!
We remember and talk about the end of Saul’s life often (I’m getting ahead of myself – sorry! We’ll get there!), but wow – to be reminded of the beginning.
“There was a man from the tribe of Benjamin named Kish…. He had a son, Saul, a most handsome young man. There was none finer—he literally stood head and shoulders above the crowd!” (9:1, 2 MSG)
“The moment Samuel laid eyes on Saul, God said, ‘He’s the one, the man I told you about. This is the one who will keep my people in check.’ ” (9:17 MSG)
Saul was anointed and favored. Even with all the mistakes the people of Israel made, all the rebellion, all the sins committed, even asking for a king, God never left them. God never leaves us either.