1 Samuel 9 & 10: The Man Of God
Verse of the Day: (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 shew us our way that we should go.
1. The Man Of God (9:1-24)
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? (9:21)
We will rather be a man of God than a man of power or popularity or fame or fortune, as the best thing in life is truly to please God, and have a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. Prophet Samuel was indeed a man of God, as he was honoured throughout all Israel for all his prophesies came to pass. While looking for his father’s lost asses, Saul visited Samuel who not only prophesied to him the place where his missing asses were, but more importantly he prophesied to him that he shall be the first king of Israel. Saul doubted Samuel, and told him that he was not only the least in his family, but his Benjamite tribe was the smallest of all the tribes of Israel. Though Samuel subsequently anointed Saul as the first king of Israel, yet Saul eventually sinned against God because of his pride. Indeed, let us be a man of God who only seek to please and serve Him. (Galatians 1:10)
2. The Word Of God (7:25-27)
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 shew thee the word of God. (9:27)
God’s man always reads and shares God’s Word because it is his heart’s desire. Before Samuel anointed Saul as the king of Israel, he shared God’s Word to him to prepare his heart to be the king after God’s heart and Word. However, Saul failed God, and instead it was his successor, King David, whom God commended him as a man after His own heart, and from his lineage came forth Jesus, the Saviour. (Acts 13:16-23) Indeed, let us read and share God’s Word that all may know Him, and sin not against Him. (Psalms 119:11)
3. The Hill Of God (10:1-27)
After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: (10:5)
Everything belongs to God. Not only Samuel was God’s man and prophesied God’s Word, but even the place where he and his prophets gathered to meet Saul was called the hill of God. Indeed, let us let go, and let God have His way in everything. (Job 1:21-22)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be a man of God who loves, fears and serves You.