1 Samuel 9:1-10:16
This passage describes Saul’s private anointing to be king. 10:20-24 describes his public identification by lot as the man of God’s choice. 11:14, 15 describes his public enthronement.
1. 9:1-14. What encouragement can we take from the fact that the free movements of young men and girls, of donkeys and God’s prophet, are overruled here to bring about God’s purposes?
2. What three confirmatory signs were given to Saul? How would they give him assurance that Samuel’s words in 10:1 were indeed true? How would this section also show that when God calls, he equips?
1. 10:3, 4. It remarkable that the men should give Saul part of the offering that they probably intended to sacrifice at the sanctuary.
2. 10:8. Cf. 13:8-14. The event of 11:14, 15 is an interlude and not the visit to Gilgal referred to in 10:8.
1 Samuel 10:17-11:15
1. How does the story of Saul’s public election demonstrate God’s forbearance? See especially 10:19. Cf. Pss. 103:14, 15; 78:37-39; Rom. Rom. 2:4.
2. To what does Scripture attribute Saul’s vigorous action and his success? Cf. Acts 1:8. Do these verses come to you as a challenge, or a rebuke?
3. Consider what noble qualities Saul displays. See 9:21; 10:9, 16b, 22, 27c. Does your life give evidence of a similar work of God?
Note. 11:9. The men of Jabesh Gilead never forgot Saul’s rescue of them from the Ammonites. See 31:11-13.
1 Samuel 12
1. What was the point of Samuel’s historical recital? Unlike the Israelites, do we:
(a) Remind ourselves constantly of the great things God has done for us, and
(b) Allow this reminder to have a full effect on our behavior?
2. What were the outstanding features in Samuel’s character as seen in this chapter?
3. Summarize the counsels and warning of verses 20-25. Note especially what Samuel says about prayer. Yet, if the people will not turn from their wicked ways, will prayer avail? See verse 25; cf. Jer. 15:1; Ps. 99:6, 8.