1 Samuel 8—10
The kingship has very shaking beginnings. Due to the corruption of the sons of Samuel appointed by their father to be judges over Israel, God moves to “Plan B.” The original plan had God alone as king. However, in the face of the desire of the Israelites to be like all the other nations, God complies with the people’s wishes.
Chapter 10 cites the first use of oil to anoint a king, previously used only for the sanctuary and for priests. Saul receives the inrush of the Spirit and begins to prophesy. He is indeed transformed, but not enough; watch for a stronghold of sin that remains which becomes tragedy as the rest of the book unfolds.
The final verse of the reading touches on the evil of jealousy. The question of the rebels …how like the question Satan must have asked when he looked ahead to Jesus! Is there prideful questioning going on in your life?
What are these?
You alone, King of the world 8:7
May I never forsake You 8:8
Rising to follow Your way 9:26
Holding my peace when despised 10:27
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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