I Samuel 10
We saw in the last Chapter - I Samuel 9, how Father led Saul and his servant to Samuel, who told him that he would be the first man king of the House of Israel, now in this Chapter, I Samuel 10, Saul becomes Father's anointed first man king.
Also in this Chapter, when we come to verse v10:10, we get a unique insight, look-at, and ensample into Father's Elect and how - when they are delivered up before satan -- as described in Mark 13 and Luke 12:10-12 -- they will allow Father's Holy Spirit to speak through their mouths - saying what Father wants His children to hear. Luke 12:10And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. -> While we are in the flesh, though I wouldn't recommend it, we can speak against Christ being the Son of God, His being our Saviour, and other such non-sense and if we repent, we can be forgiven - those statements are not the unforgivable or unpardonable sin. The blaspheming of the Holy Spirit doesn't come into play until--as we'll find out in the next two verses--if and\or when Father's Elect and only His Elect refuse to allow His Holy Spirit to speak through their mouths. 12:11] And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: -> Take ye no thought how or what ye shall answer=This is it right here - take no thought, why? Because His Spirit will speak what He wants to say and everybody will hear in their own language - right down to the county dialect they were born in. [12:12] For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. -> If one of Father's Elect decided they want to speak and don't allow Father's Holy Spirit to speak that is the Unpardonable sin - it will not be forgiven. Saul will give us an example of this when we come to verse v10:10.
I Samuel 8:1-II Samuel 1:27 KING SAUL. (Alternation)
8:1-12:25 Choice of Saul.
8:1-12:25 CHOICE OF SAUL. (Introversion)
8:1-10:26 Settlement of kingdom.
10:27 Men of belial.
8:1-10:26 SETTLEMENT 0F KINGDOM. (Alternation)
9:1-10:25 king given.
10:25-26 Dismissal of people to homes.
9:1-10:25 KING GIVEN. (Repeated Alternation.)
9:15-10:13 King sought.
10:1 The anointing. Obedience.
I Samuel 10:1 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? -> Took a vial of oil=The Messiah or at least a "type" is written all over this. First off, oil in the in the Greek (and yes, I know we are in the Old Testament which was in Hebrew) is part of Father's name, in the Strong's Concordance it is Greek word number G1637 - elaion, pronounced - el'-ah-yon, and means: Neuter of the same as G1636; olive oil: - oil. .In the Hebrew; Elyon (one of Father's names of one of His offices, nature or character) is "THE MOST HIGH" God. Secondly, we can also see Jesus--The Messiah--in this because He is Father's Anointed and that is what Christ means: G5547 - Christos, pronounced - khris-tos', and means: From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: - Christ..
Saul has now been anointed by Samuel and is now officially the first man king of the House of Israel. This is the way that Samuel anointed Saul to be such. In the Strong’s Concordance, in the Hebrew text the anointing that took place here is Hebrew word number H4886 - mâshach, pronounced - maw-shakh', and means: A primitive root; to rub with oil, that is, to anoint; by implication to consecrate; also to paint: - anoint, paint. , so in other words Samuel's purpose was to "consecrate" Saul into a sacred office, and that office was that Saul would be king. Remember, prior to this, the duty of the judge fell on the shoulders of the high priest who was also the religious leader of Israel, and now the priesthood and the duties of Judge are separated into two different offices. There is a separation between the church and the state from this point on. The king will represent the office of the Judge, while the high priest will be just that – High Priest of YHVH – the Spiritual Leader of the House of Israel.
10:2-13 Directions by Samuel.
10:2-13 DIRECTIONS BY SAMUEL. (Introversion.)
10:2-6 Signs given.
I Samuel 10:2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah (shadow or clear shade); and they will say unto thee, 'The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, 'What shall I do for my son?' ' -> Father’s hand is still all over this as this is no accident where this is taking place; it’s prophecy for Saul for that moment in time. Why? Because as we read in Genesis 35, this is taking place right at Rachel's sepulchre where Rachel died while giving birth to Benjamin – the Tribe from which Saul is from. Benjamin was the youngest of the twelve patriarchs of Israel and as can be read in Genesis 35 when he was born, Rachel named him Ben-oni or “son-of-my-sorrow” however, after she died, Jacob renamed him Benjamin or “son-of-my-right-hand,” so since Saul is right here, he should know these things and take great comfort in knowing Father has anointed him to be the first king of Israel.
Thou shalt find=Three signs are about to be given to Saul here.
The father...sorroweth...'What shall I do for my son?'=This is exactly what Saul feared back in I Samuel 9:5 when it was then that his servant suggested they go and seek Samuel.
I Samuel 10:3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor (broken region), and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: -> Do you see what Father is doing here? The three men are carrying the articles necessary for us to partake of the Holy Sacraments today: the kid, of course, is a clean sacrificial animal representative of Christ, while the bread is His broken body, and the wine is His shed blood.
Father is making it plain through Samuel to Saul that He is in control and that Saul can trust in what Samuel is telling him.
I Samuel 10:4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands. -> Saul was to receive the bread that Father has laid on their hearts to give to Saul - of course, He is also directing their footsteps, too.
I Samuel 10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery (a stringed instrument), and a tabret (a timbrel, or tambourine, or even a drum), and a pipe (a flute), and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: -> Listen to the detail in all that Samuel is telling to Saul - every bit of it will come to pass exactly as Samuel is telling him.
Where is the garrison of the Philistines=Saul is not to stop at this garrison, but to keep moving past them. He will then encounter a company of prophets=Samuel had a school of prophets at this location where he taught others to be knowledgeable of Father's Word. The head of the school was called “father” as we’ll see when we come to verse v10:12, while those that finished their training were called “masters,” so it is most likely these that are coming down the hill--and in front of them are men playing instruments, Saul is to note all this as it will happen. When they get to the bottom of the hill and see Saul, they will start to speak Father's Word to Saul. The schools for the prophets as can be read in Father’s Word in II Kings 2:3-4 and 4:38were also located at Bethel, Jericho and Gilgal. A lot of these denominational kurch houses tell women that they cannot be pastors because they are women; however, as can be read in II Kings 22:14 and II Chronicles 34:22 Huldah was a prophetess and ran one of the colleges, and king Hilkiah, along with others, went to seek her council. To be declared a prophet doesn’t necessarily mean that you only can foretell the future, but that you have an understanding of the words spoken by the other prophets. To prophesy means that you are a teacher of Father’s Word and His Will and His Plan. Today we no longer call them schools for the prophets, but, "seminaries."
I Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. -> Here, Samuel tells Saul that Father's Holy Spirit will come upon him, and he too, will join in with the prophets and start to speak Father's Word. Remember, Saul was that man that couldn't even find his father’s asses. Then after two days of searching, his servant had to recommend to him that they seek Samuel, the seer, in order to seek council from Father for help. Yet, this man Saul is now going to prophesy and teach these learned men of the school of prophecy something. Saul was unlearned and didn't know anything about Father’s Word other than his following of the laws, statutes and ordinances and other traditions. Father is going to change Saul into a teacher, and the Holy Spirit placed Father’s Words in the mouth of Saul. Our Father chooses whomever He will to teach His Word, and Saul was now anointed by Father to teach.
Pay attention to this, for though YHVH’S choice may not be man's choice (does man ever get it correct?), we are witnessing a “type” for--Luke 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: [12:12] For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.--of Father’s elect being delivered up to antichrist – the pretend-to-be jesus, to allow Father’s Words to be spoken through their mouths in the final days of this earth age.
I Samuel 10:7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. -> Samuel is telling Saul that whatever befalls him; he does as the occasion warrants, for Father is with Him and will be with him. Why? Because Father is giving our forefathers exactly what they wanted: a man king, He is going to show them that they made the wrong decision when they rejected Him as their King.
I Samuel 10:8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal (a wheel or rolling); and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do." -> Samuel is sending Saul on ahead by himself, He knows he needs to start acting" kingly." Saul should have no worries; this is part of the test - to see if Saul will seek Father if or should he run into trouble.
This, too, is just like we living today, for we should have no worries - so long as we put our trust in Father. What did Jesus tell His disciples and us in Mark 13:23? Mark 13:23 But take ye heed, behold, I have foretold you all things..
Thou shalt go down=This is the beginning of the organized risings against the Philistines, all directed by Father through Samuel, not by Saul.
Gilgal=Gilgal was the site of the first camp on the west side of the Jordan River, the place they passed the first night after crossing the river and set up the twelve stones taken from the bed of the stream. It was also the place where they held the first Passover when they came into the Promised Land.
10:9-13 Signs fulfilled.
I Samuel 10:9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. -> Samuel sends Saul on his way, and as soon as he turns his back to leave from Samuel’s side, Father’s Spirit did come upon Saul and gave him a change of heart (mind). YHVH is preparing Saul to be king, and every one of those things which Samuel warned Saul to pay attention to came to pass-just as Samuel said they would.
The people wanted a king, and Saul was the person that God was going to use to show His people that sometimes you ask for things you just don't need.
I Samuel 10:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. -> You can almost picture the wonderment in Saul's eyes and mind as he starts speaking amongst these prophets as Samuel told him he would. I mean, here is a man who probably only knew and understood Father's laws, statutes and ordinances-not completely understanding them; but yet, now he is speaking the Word of YHVH. For most people it takes years of studying Father's Word, and then even many still don't come into the knowledge of it, That's why we have the different denominations that we have today.
I Samuel 10:11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the People said one to another, "What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?" -> This should remind you of Matthew 13, when after finishing teaching His disciples the parable of "the Wheat and the Tares," Jesus then came into His own country to teach in their synagogue: Matthew 13:54 And when He was come into is own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, “Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? -> This was Emmanuel - God in the flesh - Jesus, Who had been prophesied about being born in the flesh to a virgin, and these people were still amazed that He was speaking truth to them. [13:55] Is not This the carpenter's son? is not His mother called Mary? and His brethren, James (the Greek form of Jacob – supplanter), and Joses (exalted), and Simon (contracted form of Simeon, a hearing), and Judas (the same as Yehudah)? -> They just could not wrap their heads around the fact that Jesus, born of Mary, was speaking these things. [13:56] And His sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?” -> They try to reason amongst themselves, but they just can't seem to grasp it. [13:57] And they were offended in Him. But Jesus said unto them, “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house." -> Offended! How about you? Do your friends and family get offended when you share that nugget of truth of what truly happened in the Garden? The fallen angels mixing and mating with flesh women; the falseness of the rapture theory or any of the other traditions of man or false doctrines? I know mine sure do, sadly.
I Samuel 10:12 And one of the same place answered and said, "But who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?" -> But who is their father=In other words, since he was not of the Tribe of Levi, the people thought that he should not be prophesying, therefore they made a proverb out of him saying - "Among men of no family!" However, what they failed to realize was that "father" truly means head college teacher or master.
I Samuel 10:13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. -> After speaking Father's Word with the other prophets, Saul returned to his father's home.
10:14-16 Asses found.
I Samuel 10:14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, "Whither went ye?" And he said, "To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel." -> Saul's uncle knew that Saul and his servant had been gone for quite a while and asks them "where have you been?" He knew Saul well and knew he shouldn't have been away for that long. Saul replies that when they couldn't find his father's asses, they went to seek the council of the prophet, Samuel, in hopes that he might be able to assist them in locating the animals.
I Samuel 10:15 And Saul's uncle said, "Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you." -> After hearing Saul's reply, his uncle wants to know what Samuel had to say to them. Anything good?
I Samuel 10:16 And Saul said unto his uncle, "He told us plainly that the asses were found." But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not. -> Saul tells his uncle that Samuel told them the animals were found, but of the matter concerning his anointing as the first man king of Israel, he said nothing. Now, whether this was covert or humbleness, I'll caution on the side of humbleness. I think Saul knew very well that what Samuel had told him would come to pass, it must have been hard for him to accept the fact though; and he also knew that if he told this info to his family, they most likely wouldn't have believed him and made a "laughing stock of him."
10:17-25 King appointed.
10:17-25 KING APPOINTED. (Repeated Alternation.)
10:17 People assembled. En masse.
I Samuel 10:17 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh; -> It's now time to announce and anoint the people's wishes of a man king. So, Samuel calls for all the people so that he can do so in front of everybody .
10:18-19 Samuel's remonstrance.
I Samuel 10:18 And said unto the children of Israel, "Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, 'I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: -> Here Father is reminding everybody that it was He who brought their forefathers up out of the bondage to the Egyptians. It was He who kept them safe as they wandered the wilderness for those forty years. It was He that sustained and fed them manna and quail in the desert; and yet after doing all these things for them, they rejected Him, and instead cried out for a man to lead them.
This rehearsal is to show them that they had sinned, although Father was still going to fulfill their wishes and give them their man king. Their sin was not in their asking, but in their forestalling YHVH's already expressed purpose to give them a king. See Deuteronomy 17:15 and Genesis 49:10.
10:19 People presented. By tribes.
I Samuel 10:19 And ye have this day rejected your God, Who Himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto Him, 'Nay, but set a king over us.' Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.' " -> You can tell by Father's tone and His words that He isn't too pleased with them right now, and He is mustering everybody to hear what He has to say.
He is reminding them that He is giving them exactly what they asked for - a man king. This is why it is important to be careful of what you ask Father for. Always ask His Will be done. Don't listen to some of these foolish preachers who say "demand" what you want of God. Oh, yes, He wants us to be like Job and Ezekiel: "stand upon your feet and gird yourself up like a man;" however, He is still YHVH, and we are His creation, we still ask of Him not demand; and don't think He wants someone who asks Him for everything, He gave us a mind to be able to think for ourselves. So don't go asking Him where He wants you to park your car.
10:20-24 Lots cast.
I Samuel 10:20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken. -> Now it's time to bring the new king forward. How does Samuel do this to show this is YHVH's decision? By lot, in other words, by using the Urim and Thummim, this way the people will know it's of YHVH.
What was the Urim and Thummim? They were two precious stones which were placed in the breastplate of judgment that was worn by the High Priest. When there was a question which required YHVH’s assistance in the selection, these stones or “lots” were drawn out of their bag, and presented to give instructions of Father's judgment on the matter. The words, "Urim and Thummim" mean "lights and perfection," and whichever stone was pulled from the breastplate determined the judgment: such as yes and no, guilt or innocence. In the making of a selection, the High Priest was the only one who decided whether the stones would be taken from the bag and used for a decision. The Israelites even used these stones to determine who received which land, and how the land would be divided [by lot], and it was from these stones that our lots of today are determined.
I Samuel 10:21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri (rainy or rain of YHVH) was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found. -> Was taken=Called to come forward family-by-family, man-by-man; however, Saul was not amongst them because as we read, "he could not be found."
Do you think the people are starting to get the picture yet? I mean, here we have their first man king selected, and who is it that's selected? One who first cannot find his asses, and now that he is to be anointed king, he himself cannot be found because he is in hiding. Know this though, you cannot hide from Father, for He knows everything and sees all. A great example of this can be found in Ezekiel 8.
I Samuel 10:22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, "Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff." -> All of Israel, hundreds of thousands of people from each of the tribes, was here to see who Father selected to be their first man king; and when Saul's name was announced, Saul was nowhere to be found. Saul, for some reason, is in hiding amongst the horses and baggage and is not present. Saul knew that he was the chosen one by YHVH to fill the duty of king. Samuel anointed him with the olive oil, the oil of YAH, and Father allowed all of the prophecies that Samuel told him would happen come to pass. Now when the crowning event is about to happen, where is Saul? Anytime God declares His greatness, it would intimidate anyone that was going to fill YHVH's position.
I Samuel 10:23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. -> Saul stands taller than everybody else, he looks stately. This reminds me of our current (2012) Presidential debates between Governor Romney and president obama; the Governor looks Presidential, while the usurper looks small and acts childish.
To the people that saw Saul, they saw he stood taller than all the people of all the tribes. By appearance, he looked like what the people thought a king should look like. However, inside Saul’s mind, he didn’t feel very kingly. I guess, in a sense, he’s correct, for in comparison to our heavenly Father, no man or woman can compare.
10:24 People. Approbation.
I Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, "See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?" And all the people shouted, and said, "God save the king." -> God save the king=This is a Hebrew idiom which includes the desire that he might have everything that makes life worth living, including also - eternal life. This is the saying that continues on to our day today in the nations which have kings and queens. The national songs of England and other nations start "God save the Queen... [king]."
10:25 Samuel. Confirmation.
I Samuel 10:25 Then Samuel told the People the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. -> The first thing Samuel did after Saul was anointed king changing the nation from a theocracy to a monarchy; was to write the manner or the constitution of the government that would exist under their king. Samuel was following Father’s command from Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, “Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”, and also Deuteronomy 17 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: [17:19] And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: [17:20] That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel. -> The king would rule by the guidelines of Father's laws that were stated in that constitution, and it was presented to Father and to the people. The people now had their king, and a constitution that they would be governed by. Then Samuel sent the people back home.
I Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. -> Saul, newly selected and anointed; already has a protective guard for wherever he goes, even to his home.
I Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, "How shall this man save us?" And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace. -> The children of Belial=In the Strong’s Concordance, in the Hebrew tongue this is Hebrew word number H1100 – בּליּעל - belıya‛al, pronounced - bel-e-yah'-al, and means: From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H376, H802, H1121, etc.): - Belial, evil, naughty, ungodly (men), wicked.. Most likely these are the Hivites which came to Joshua back in Joshua 9 and begged through deception to allow them to live and live amongst the Israelites. Sadly, now Saul is going to have to face and deal with these wicked and evil men from the start of his reign. By they’re not bringing Saul presents when they came before him, was to show great disrespect for the Father’s selection and the office. However, what is important at this point in time is that we see Father’s hand in this appointment of Saul to be the first man king.
Father had changed Saul's mind and heart; He directed the loss of the asses which allowed Saul and his servant to come to Samuel. Father also set the mind of the people to accept Saul as their choice, and He even provided the protection for Saul after he was appointed their king. When Saul tried to hide out and get out of his duty, Father let it be known where he was hiding so that His wishes would be fulfilled.