Scriptures: I Samuel 9:15-17, I Samuel 10:1
Saul was the first God-appointed king of Israel. He was a man known for his courage, generosity and commanding appearance. He was the ideal visual image of a king.
Before Saul was king he showed a nature of humility asking Samuel "am I not a Benjamite?" His family tribe the Benjamites were considered the least of all the families and asked: "why are you saying these things to me?"
Saul is anointed by Samuel and knows that he will become king, instead of bragging, when the time came they found him hiding among the stuff. He was unsure about how to proceed and hiding from his new responsibilities. Maybe Saul was afraid of failure, like we all are at some points in our lives. But in Saul we see a meek and submissive man.
This was a man who had everything going for him: chosen by God, tall, handsome, and given a new heart by God. God gave Saul the gift of prophecy and opportunity for greatness. God's spirit came mightily upon him and yet he fell.
Check back next week for our continued study of the life of Saul.