Chapers 9 – 12. Saul Anointed King
Saul divinely selected: 9:1-10:13. Saul meets Samuel while searching for lost donkeys. God identifies him to the prophet as the chosen king.
16 “Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel, that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to me.” 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over My people.”
The humble Saul is stunned when Samuel honors him, and then anoints him with oil.
18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, “Please tell me, where is the seer’s house?” 19 And Samuel answered Saul and said, “I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and tomorrow I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20 But as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not be anxious about them, for they have been found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on you and on all your father’s house?” 21 And Saul answered and said, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak like this to me?”