King Saul

Saul, The First King Of Israel

The Lord had always intended to give Israel a king (Deut 17), but Israel`s sin was in demanding a king with the wrong motives, before God`s time, and in looking for that king in the wrong tribe. A man named Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin was chosen, a man of impressive stature, who embodied the basic ideals Israel had at the time, being much more concerned with his appearance than his heart. It`s sad how Saul`s character turned out to be a reflection of Israel as a whole.

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Sauls Weaknesses

Saul was a weak and ineffective king who didn`t do much with his life except try to murder David, his son-in-law, despite David`s repeated expression of loyalty, because he knew David was destined to take his place one day on the throne. Saul`s hatred and insane jealousy for David made him fail as a king and Samuel regretted anointing him. Saul`s reign ended in disaster. He received no answer for his prayers, and even sought the help of a witch.

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The Battle At Gilboa

The battle that took place the next day at Gilboa was a bitter defeat for Israel, Saul himself was wounded, and he committed suicide by throwing himself on his own sword. Three of his sons, including Jonathan also died.

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Disobeying God At Gilgal

The greatest failure for Saul, the first king of Israel, was when he disobeyed God at Gilgal. The Philistines were encamped against Israel and Saul`s troops were deserting daily. The prophet Samuel had promised him that all would be well, only he must wait for God`s time. Samuel would come at the end of a week and would offer a sacrifice. Then Saul`s armies would have the victory. Saul impatiently went ahead and offered the sacrifice himself. No sooner had he finished than the prophet appeared. Saul had greatly sinned in officiating as a priest.

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