I Samuel 10:8-27

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Text: I Samuel 10:8-27



People are always desiring to know about God's leading.

God has promised to lead us.

Psalms 32:8 - I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - (5) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart [This is our responsibility.]; and lean not unto thine own understanding [This is our responsibility.]. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him [This is our responsibility.], and he shall direct thy paths [This is God's responsibility, and He will take care of it on the condition that we take care of our responsibilities first.].

God has promised to lead us, but how is He going to do it?

In this message we have already seen that -


I Samuel 9:25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

I Samuel 9:26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring [i.e. dawn] of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

I Samuel 9:27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on [i.e. go on] before us, (and he passed on [i.e. went on ahead]), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

God will never lead us contrary to His Word.

We have also seen that -


I Samuel 10:1 - Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

We have furthermore seen that -


In verses 2-6, Saul was promised three signs that would serve to authenticate Samuel's authority to anoint him king and to confirm God's will in the matter.

The first sign is found in verse 2.

I Samuel 10:2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses [i.e. donkeys] which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses [i.e. donkeys], and sorroweth [i.e. is anxious] for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?

We have also seen that -


The second sign that would serve to authenticate Samuel's authority to anoint him king and to confirm God's will in the matter is found in verses 3-4.

I Samuel 10:3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids [i.e. young goats - not children], and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:

I Samuel 10:4 And they will salute [i.e. greet] thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of [i.e. you will accept from] their hands.

We have also seen that -


The third sign that would serve to authenticate Samuel's authority to anoint him king and to confirm God's will in the matter is found in verses 5-6.

If God leads you into His service, He will prepare you spiritually for what lies ahead of you.

I Samuel 10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison [i.e. an outpost (where there would be armed soldiers)] of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass [i.e. it will happen], when thou art come thither [i.e. there] 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:

I Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

The Spirit of the Lord is the Holy Spirit. His coming upon Saul designated him as God's choice of Saul to be the king of Israel.

Actually, God prepares us for whatever lies ahead as we go through life. His preparation is constant and cumulative.

Finally, we have seen that -


I Samuel 10:7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

God's will will be so clear that you will not possibly miss it, or God cannot be trusted to keep His word of directing your paths as He promised in Proverbs 3:5-6 .

Next, we see that -


I Samuel 10:8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry [i.e. wait], till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

You can trust God's word, His leading, and His provision.

Saul was instructed to do nothing independently of Samuel, but he disobeyed.

I Samuel 13:8-10 - 8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute [i.e. greet] him.

Similarly, God has given us instructions in the Bible regarding His will for us. How are we doing about following His directions for our lives?

Furthermore, we see that -


I Samuel 10:9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him [i.e. Saul] another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

Verse 9 does not mean that Saul was saved. His life actually demonstrates that he was an unsaved individual.

God gave him another heart means that God equipped Saul with the qualities he needed to be king and to deliver Israel from Philistine domination. He will do the same for you for whatever He wants you to do for Him.

I Samuel 10:10 And when they [i.e. Saul and his servant] came thither [i.e. there] to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him [i.e. Saul]; and the Spirit of God came upon him [i.e. Saul], and he [i.e. Saul] prophesied among them [i.e. the company of prophets].

The first of three signs was fulfilled. Saul had to have remembered that Samuel told him that this would happen.

I Samuel 10:11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him [i.e. Saul] beforetime saw that, behold, he [i.e. Saul] prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?

Some who had known Saul previously were surprised to see him acting like one of the ecstatic prophets

I Samuel 10:12 And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

But who is their father? suggests that these prophets' fathers were unknown or of a low class and, therefore, rather insignificant.

I Samuel 10:13 And when he [i.e. Saul] had made an end of prophesying, he [i.e. Saul] came to the high place.

I Samuel 10:14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he [i.e. Saul] said, To seek the asses [i.e. donkeys]: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.

I Samuel 10:15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.

I Samuel 10:16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He [i.e. Samuel] told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he [i.e. Saul] told him not.

Something else that we see is that -


I Samuel 10:17 And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeh;

Mizpeh was located about 7 miles north of Jerusalem.

I Samuel 10:18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:

I Samuel 10:19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.

I Samuel 10:20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken [i.e. selected by lot].

I Samuel 10:21 When he [i.e. Samuel] had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him [i.e. Saul], he could not be found.

I Samuel 10:22 Therefore they inquired of the Lord further, if the man [i.e. Saul] should yet come thither [i.e. there]. And the Lord answered, Behold he [i.e. Saul] hath hid himself among the stuff [i.e. baggage].

I Samuel 10:23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he [i.e. Saul] stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

I Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him [i.e. Saul] whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.

I Samuel 10:25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book [i.e. Samuel wrote the duties of the king.], and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his [i.e. his own] house [i.e. he sent every man home].

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 - 14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; 15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. 17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. 18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

Finally, we see that -


I Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him [i.e. Saul] a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.

Gibeah was located 3 miles north of Jerusalem.

I Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial [i.e. worthless men] said, How shall this man [i.e. Saul] save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he [i.e. Saul] held his peace.

James 1:2 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;


How is God leading you?

To be saved?

To be living for Him?

How has he led you so far in your life?

He caused you to be born to certain parents, at a certain time, in certain circumstances, in a certain country, with certain characteristics. Somewhere God brought you in contact with the gospel and you got saved from sin and its consequences. Somehow God at this time has brought you here - to this area, to this church.

Are you living for Him in your present circumstances? You need to be.

What is His will for you tomorrow, for next week, for next year? In one sense I know the answer to this question for you and me, but in another sense I don't know the answer to this question for you or for me.

God's will for the future for all of us is that we be pursuing after the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths, seeking with all our hearts to obey unquestioningly the Word of God.

Mark 12:29-31 - 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

However, the specifics of where this will take us or the circumstances in which we will find ourselves while pursuing after the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths will only be made known to us on an as-needed basis. It will be like following the GPS, which says, "In two miles, right turn onto such and such a highway;" but it doesn't tell you what you will encounter on that highway.

Do your part, and trust God to take care of His part.