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Day 106 – Saul is Chosen


Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we learn that we do not need to indulge in sexual appetites. This is not something a person needs like food or shelter so adultery are always condemned. How often do we sin in seeking things we do net need? This shows our brokenness. We must always ask the Lord for his mercy and forgiveness, reconciliation and healing so we can avoid these sins in the future.

We are introduced today to Saul, who, we are told, is the most handsome man in Israel. He is tall and looks like a warrior. The role of a king is to fight for and unite his people. He certainly does look like he fits that role. Saul, however, suffers from an affliction. He is concerned what others think of him. This makes him incapable of being a truly great king. He isn’t an evil character, he still makes good and noble decisions and does fulfill the Lord’s commands in many respects.

When Samuel anoints Saul, he says that the Spirit of God will come upon him and make him a new creation. This is exactly what happens through Baptism.

We should be able to identify with Saul. Even though he is not the most heroic characters, he is not thoroughly corrupt either. Like many of us, he cares too much about what other people think of us.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

1 Samuel 9

Among the men of Benjamin was a man called Kish son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah; a Benjaminite and a person of rank.

2 He had a son called Saul, a handsome man in the prime of life. Of all the Israelites there was no one more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders taller than anyone else.

3 Now since the donkeys belonging to Kish, Saul’s father, had strayed, Kish said to his son Saul, ‘My son, take one of the servants with you and be off; go and look for the donkeys.’

4 They went through the highlands of Ephraim, they went through the territory of Shalishah, and did not find them; they went through the territory of Shaalim but they were not there; they went through the territory of Benjamin and did not find them.

5 When they reached the territory of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, ‘Come on, let us go back or my father will stop worrying over the donkeys and start being anxious about us.’

6 The servant, however, replied, ‘Look, there is a man of God in this town, a man who is held in honour; everything he says comes true. Let us go there, then; perhaps he will be able to show us the way that we should take.’

7 Saul said to his servant, ‘But if we do go, what can we take to the man? The food in our sacks is finished, and we have no present to offer the man of God. What else have we got?’

8 The servant spoke up again and said to Saul, ‘Look, I happen to have a quarter of a silver shekel; I shall give that to the man of God, for him to tell us which way to go.’

9 In Israel, in olden days, when anyone used to go to consult God, he would say, ‘Come on, let us go to the seer,’ for a man who is now called a ‘prophet’ used to be called a ‘seer’ in olden days.

10 Saul then said to his servant, ‘Well said! Come on, let us go.’ And they went off to the town where the man of God was.

11 As they were going up the slope to the town they came across some girls going out to draw water, and said to them, ‘Is the seer there?’

12 The girls replied, ‘He is. He arrived a moment or two ahead of you. You had better hurry: he has just come to town because the people are having a sacrifice today on the high place.

13 You can catch him as soon as you go into the town, before he goes up to the high place for the meal. The people will not eat until he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; after that, the guests will start eating. If you go up now, you will find him straight away.’

14 So they went up to the town and, as they were going through the gate, Samuel came out towards them on his way to the high place.

15 Now, Yahweh had given Samuel a revelation the day before Saul came, saying,

16 ‘About this time tomorrow, I shall send you a man from the territory of Benjamin; you are to anoint him as prince of my people Israel, and he will save my people from the power of the Philistines; for I have seen the misery of my people and their cries of anguish have come to me.’

17 When Samuel saw Saul, Yahweh told him, ‘That is the man of whom I said to you, “He is to govern my people.” ‘

18 Saul accosted Samuel in the gateway and said, ‘Tell me, please, where the seer’s house is.’

19 Samuel replied to Saul, ‘I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place. You must eat with me today. Tomorrow, when I let you go, I shall tell you whatever is on your mind.

20 As regards your donkeys, however, which strayed three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And for whom is the whole wealth of Israel destined, if not for you and for all the members of your father’s family?’

21 To this, Saul replied, ‘Am I not a Benjaminite, from the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And is not my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why are you saying a thing like this to me?’

22 Samuel then took Saul and his servant and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of the guests, of whom there were about thirty.

23 Samuel then said to the cook, ‘Serve the portion which I gave you and told you to put on one side.’

24 The cook then picked up the leg and the tail and put it in front of Saul, saying, ‘This is for you. This is what was left. Make a goodmeal . . .’ That day, Saul ate with Samuel.

25 They came down from the high place into the town. A bed was made for Saul on the roof and he lay down there.

26 At dawn, Samuel called to Saul on the roof, ‘Get up, and I shall send you on your way.’ Saul got up, and Samuel and he went outside together.

27 They had walked as far as the end of the town when Samuel said to Saul, ‘Tell the servant to go on ahead of us, but you stand still for a moment, so that I can make known to you the word of God.’

1 Samuel 10

1 Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on Saul’s head; he then kissed him and said, ‘Has not Yahweh anointed you as leader of his people Israel? You are the man who is to govern Yahweh’s people and save them from the power of the enemies surrounding them. The sign for you that Yahweh has anointed you as prince of his heritage is this:

2 after leaving me today, you will meet two men near the tomb of Rachel, on the frontier of Benjamin . . . and they will say to you, “The donkeys which you went looking for have been found, and your father has lost interest in the matter of the donkeys and is worrying about you and wondering, What am I to do about my son?” 

3 Going on from there, you will come to the Oak of Tabor, where you will meet three men going up to God at Bethel; one will be carrying three kids, one three loaves of bread and the third a skin of wine.

4 They will greet you and give you two loaves of bread which you must accept from them.

5 After this, you will come to Gibeah of God (where the Philistine garrison is) and, when you are just outside the town, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place, headed by lyre, tambourine, pipe and harp; they will be in a state of ecstasy.

6 The spirit of Yahweh will then seize on you, and you will go into ecstasy with them, and be changed into another man.

7 When these signs have occurred, act as occasion serves, for God is with you.

8 You will then go down, ahead of me, to Gilgal, and I shall join you there to make burnt offerings and to offer communion sacrifices. You must wait seven days for me to come to you, and I shall then reveal to you what you must do.’

9 As soon as he had turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart. And all these signs occurred that very day . . .

10 From there, they came to Gibeah: and there was a group of prophets coming to meet him! The spirit of God seized on him and he fell into ecstasy with them.

11 Seeing him prophesying with the prophets, all the people who had known him previously said to one another, ‘What has come over the son of Kish? Is Saul one of the prophets too?’

12 And one of the local people retorted, ‘But who is their father?’ Hence the origin of the proverb: Is Saul one of the prophets too?

13 When he came out of his ecstasy, he went into Gibeah.

14 Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, ‘Where have you been?’ ‘Looking for the donkeys,’ he replied, ‘and when we could not find them anywhere, we went to Samuel.’

15 Saul’s uncle said, ‘Tell me please what Samuel said to you.’

16 Saul said to his uncle, ‘He merely told us that the donkeys were already found,’ but did not mention anything that Samuel had said about the kingship.

17 Samuel summoned the people to Yahweh at Mizpah

18 and said to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, God of Israel, says this, “I brought Israel out of Egypt and delivered you from the power of the Egyptians and of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.”

19 But today you have rejected your God, him who saves you from all your difficulties and troubles; and you have said, “No, you must set a king over us.” Very well, take your positions before Yahweh, tribe by tribe and clan by clan.’

20 Samuel then made all the tribes of Israel come forward, and the lot indicated the tribe of Benjamin.

21 He then made the tribe of Benjamin come forward clan by clan, and the lot indicated the clan of Matri; he then made the clan of Matri come forward one by one, and the lot indicated Saul son of Kish, but when they looked for him, he was not to be found.

22 Again they consulted Yahweh, ‘Has the man come here?’ Yahweh replied, ‘There he is, hiding among the baggage.’

23 So they ran and fetched him out and, as he stood among the people, he was head and shoulders taller than any of them.

24 Samuel then said to all the people, ‘You have seen the man whom Yahweh has chosen, and that among the whole people he has no equal.’ And all the people acclaimed him, shouting, ‘Long live the king!’

25 Samuel then explained the king’s constitutional position to the people and inscribed this in a book which he placed before Yahweh. Samuel then sent all the people away, everyone back to his home.

26 Saul too went home to Gibeah and with him went those strong men whose hearts God had touched.

27 But there were some scoundrels who said, ‘How can this fellow save us?’ These treated him with contempt and offered him no present.

Proverbs 6:23-35

23 For the precept is a lamp, the teaching is a light; correction and discipline are the way to life,

24 preserving you from the woman of bad character, from the wheedling talk of a woman who belongs to another.

25 Do not covet her beauty in your heart or let her captivate you with the play of her eyes;


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