Memory verses for this week:
Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy
is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
We continue our study on Samuel this week. In last week’s
lesson, we studied about Israel demanding to have an earthly king
like the other nations. This upset Samuel, but God told him that
the people had not rejected him, but had turned from God. Samuel
sought the Lord’s will in the matter, and God told him to give the
people their desire.
Saul Given a Job by his Father
1 Sam 9:1 Now
there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel,
the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a
Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
1 Sam 9:2 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
1 Sam 9:3 And
the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his
son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the
We begin the lesson this week finding the man that God would choose
as Israel’s first king being about the work of his father. Saul
was a man not afraid to work, even a menial type of work. God
gives many examples in the bible about men who started in small
places and went to great responsible positions. We are told to do
whatever we do heartily as unto the Lord. If you have a job that
isn’t very challenging or a boss who is hard to work for, you can
find a lot of peace and contentment by working for God rather than
that person. When we please the Lord, things will seem to always
work out very well for us.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh;
not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart,
Col 3:23 And
whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Saul is from the small tribe of Benjamin, a small and apparent weak
tribe. Paul tells us in I Corinthians that God has chosen the weak
things of the world to confound those which are mighty.
1 Cor 1:27 But
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the
wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound
the things which are mighty;
1 Cor 1:28 And
base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God
chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things
1 Cor 1:29
That no flesh should glory in his presence.
During the period of the judges, Benjamin was almost exterminated by
war from the other tribes. The main story is over in Judges
Chapter 19 – 21 where we studied about the Levite and his
concubine. This was the woman that some of the Benjamites killed,
and the Levite cut her up and sent her to the other tribes causing a
great uprising of the people.
The man God had chosen to be the first king of Israel was the son of
Kish. His lineage is traced back four generations before him in
verse 1. Verse 2 says that Saul was a man who was choice and
goodly. We are warned to not look on the outward appearance of
man, but to look at people the way God does. The problem we have
is that we can’t see the heart of man, where God can.
1 Sam 16:7 But
the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the
height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD
seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart.
In verse 3, Kish sends Saul out to seek his asses. They searched
all through the mountains of Ephraim, which stretched from Benjamin
across Ephraim to Manasseh which was west of Jordan.
1 Sam 9:4 And
he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of
Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land
of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land
of the Benjamites, but they found them not.
1 Sam 9:5 And
when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant
that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave
caring for the asses, and take thought for us.
They then searched through the land of Shalisha, across the
mountains on the western slope toward the Mediterranean Sea. As
they searched, they went through Shalim, which was north of the
mountain chain. They headed back through the tribe of Benjamin
and came to Zuph, the land of Samuel. After these extensive futile
efforts, Saul tells the servant that they should head home because
they had been gone so long his father would soon be worried about
II. Saul and His Servant Goes to Samuel for Advice
1 Sam 9:6 And
he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God,
and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to
pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can show us our way
that we should go.
1 Sam 9:7 Then
said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring
the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a
present to bring to the man of God: what have we?
1 Sam 9:8 And
the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at
hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the
man of God, to tell us our way.
Saul’s servant suggests that they go and seek advice from the man of
God. Perhaps he would know a better way for them to pass. This
seems a bit strange that the man who God had chose to become the
King of Israel is told to inquire of the man of God. It was
customary to bring a gift when inquiring of a prophet. Some
present was normally given, and Saul states that they have nothing
to give to the man of God. The servant says that they had a fourth
part of a shekel of silver. This would be about 20 to 25 cents in
our day and time.
1 Sam 9:9
(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he
spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a
Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)
1 Sam 9:10
Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they
went unto the city where the man of God was.
We are told in verse 9 that the earlier title of a prophet was known
to be a “Seer”. They were called this because they had a divine
gift in the ability to see into the future or the ability to see
through a mystery.
1 Sam 9:11 And
as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going
out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?
1 Sam 9:12 And
they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make
haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice
of the people to day in the high place:
1 Sam 9:13 As
soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him,
before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not
eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and
afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for
about this time ye shall find him.
When Saul and his servant arrive, they meet some young girls who
were going to the town well for water. This was a custom in the
Old Testament time that carried over into the New Testament times.
Gen 24:12 And
he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good
speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham.
Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the
men of the city come out to draw water:
Gen 24:14 And
let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down
thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say,
Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she
that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I
know that thou hast showed kindness unto my master.
John 4:6 Now
Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his
journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
John 4:7 There
cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give
me to drink
The King James Study Bible said there were 3 terms for
prophet in these verses.
Three terms for prophet occur in these verses: Seer, which
stresses the reception of God’s message; Prophet, which
emphasizes that the messenger is truly called of God to pronounce
His word to the people; and man of God, which underscores the
messenger’s relationship to God (see the note on 2:27). Other terms
include: “messenger of the Lord,” which reminds the prophet of his
task of bearing God’s word and “servant of the Lord,” which
underscores his task before God as called to serve .
III. Saul and His Servant Meet Samuel
1 Sam 9:14 And
they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city,
behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high
1 Sam 9:15 Now
the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
1 Sam 9:16 To
morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of
Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people
Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the
Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is
come unto me.
As the women had told Saul, Samuel was about to go up to the high
place to do sacrifice. Samuel was already expecting Saul because
God had told him the previous day that he would send a man from the
tribe of Benjamin. This man was to be anointed the king over
Israel. It says in verse 16 that the Lord’s purpose was that Saul
might save the people of Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.
J. Vernon McGee pointed out that God did answer Israel’s request.
Many times God answers our request when it is not the best
thing for us. When we keep crying to the Lord for whatever it is we
want, finally He does for us what He did for Israel—He grants our
request. When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they
cried for meat. God gave them meat, but He sent “leanness unto their
souls.” That is why prayer should be made in the name of Christ,
which means that it must be according to His will and for His glory.
All requests should hinge on that very important matter.
1 Sam 9:17 And
when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I
spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.
1 Sam 9:18
Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray
thee, where the seer's house is.
1 Sam 9:19 And
Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto
the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I
will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
God spoke to Samuel as Saul approached that this was the man who God
had chosen to reign over His people. Saul did not know who the
prophet was, and asks Samuel where the seer’s house could be found.
God’s hand was involved in all of this to bring Saul in contact with
Samuel. Samuel explains that he is the seer, and that Saul would
eat with him that day. Saul had no idea what God had directed
Samuel to do but he was agreeable to Samuel’s instructions. In our
own lives, we may not understand all of the things God brings into
our lives, but we need to have a humble heart and be willing to do
as God would have us to do.
1 Sam 9:20 And
as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind
on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of
Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?
1 Sam 9:21 And
Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the
tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the
tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
Samuel informs Saul that he did not be concerned about his father’s
asses since they had been found. The long journey he and the
servant went on was no doubt to bring him to this place at this
time. Samuel then tells Saul all the desire of Israel was about to
be put on him. Saul questions this in speaking that he was a
Benjamite, of the smallest tribe of Israel His family was not an
important family, but one of the least. “Wherefore then speakest
thou to me?” Even though Saul did not seem to have ambition to be
the King of the Jews, he no doubt was God’s choice, and would be the
king of Israel.
IV. Samuel Brings Saul to a Meeting
1 Sam 9:22 And
Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour,
and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden,
which were about thirty persons.
1 Sam 9:23 And
Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of
which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
Samuel seemed to immediately take a liking to Saul. He brings Saul
and his servant to the parlor and set them in chiefest place where
they were bidden with about 30 other guests. Samuel brings him
there and bids him honor as a king.
1 Sam 9:24 And
the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set
it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it
before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee
since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel
1 Sam 9:25 And
when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel
communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
1 Sam 9:26 And
they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day,
that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I
may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them,
he and Samuel, abroad.
1 Sam 9:27 And
as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul,
Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand
thou still a while, that I may show thee the word of God.
Samuel had a banquet feast cooked for Saul. He introduces Saul to
the guests and as the new king that God had chosen to lead the
nation of Israel. They came down from the high place into the city
and Samuel communed with Saul on the top of the house. Before
Samuel sent Saul away, he showed him the word of God. Nothing
should ever be more important to the child of God than the word of
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[ii]J. Vernon McGee,
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