08
May
11

Saul Is Changed

As Saul is anointed king over Israel, I noticed a couple of amazing verses.

Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the LORD anointed you leader over his inheritance?  When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’

“Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine.  They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.

“After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, tambourines, flutes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying.  The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.  Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.  — 1 Samuel 10:1-7

According to Samuel, Saul was spiritually changed at this moment in time.  God’s Spirit was given to him, and he “was changed into a different person.”  Isn’t this just like what God does for us today when we believe and are baptized?  It would be interesting to follow the parallels of Saul’s reign as king – beginning with this “change” and moving throughout his life.  Would they parallel the possibilities of the Christian life today?  Could God have given us the example of Saul’s life for this very reason?

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