When Samuel anointed Saul to be king in 1 Samuel chapter 10, he told him how he would prophecy and “be turned into another man,” and the Bible says, “God gave him another heart” (vrs. 9). God was able to change him into a “king” in a moment, but this didn’t mean he had a heart after God’s like David’s. Saul would bravely lead Israel to fight against their enemies but he continued to disobey the LORD’s commands also.
In chapter 13, Saul takes things into his own hands and offers a burnt sacrifice even though he knew that it was Samuel’s job. From the beginning, the actions of Saul show he is moved by circumstance and not the command of the LORD.
Chapter 14 is a very powerful account of what happens when there is faith and unity. Jonathan says to his armor bearer in 1 Samuel 14:6, "Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few." His armor responds in verse 7, "Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart." They fought and won by the power of God because they were unified together in faith.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan