28 June 1 Samuel 10:1-11

28 June. Saul is filled with the Holy Spirit

“Samuel took a jar of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head. He kissed Saul and said, ‘The LORD has appointed you to lead his people. After you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb on the border of Benjamin at Zelzah. They will say to you, “The donkeys you were looking for have been found. But now your father has stopped thinking about his donkeys and is worrying about you. He is asking, ‘What will I do about my son?’”’”

“'Then you will go on until you reach the big tree at Tabor. Three men on their way to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One man will be carrying three goats. Another will be carrying three loaves of bread. And the third will have a leather bag full of wine. They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you must accept.’”

“’Then you will go to Gibeah of God, where a Philistine camp is. When you approach this town, a group of prophets will come down from the place of worship. They will be playing harps, tambourines, flutes and lyres, and they will be prophesying. Then the Spirit of the LORD will rush upon you with power. You will prophesy with these prophets, and you will be changed into a different man.’”

“'After these signs happen, do whatever you find to do, because God is with you. Go ahead of me to Gilgal. I will come down to you to offer whole burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. But you must wait seven days. Then I will come and tell you what to do.’”

“When Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart. All these signs came true that day. When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, Saul met a group of prophets. The Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied with the prophets.”

“When people who had known Saul before saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other. ‘What has happened to Kish’s son? Is even Saul one of the prophets?’”

          (1 Samuel 10:1-11)



After anointing Saul with olive oil as a sign of kingship, Samuel told Saul to go to Rachel's tomb at Zelzah near Bethlehem (see Genesis 35:16-20), where two men would tell him that the donkeys he was looking for had been found (see 3 & 4 on the map on 27 June).

At Tabor, Samuel told Saul he’d meet three men who would offer him two loaves of bread that they were going to offer as a sacrifice on the altar Jacob had set up at Bethel (see Genesis 35:9-15).

When he returned home to Gibeah (see 5 on the map), Samuel told Saul he’d meet a group of prophets who were singing and prophesying.

As Saul turned to leave Samuel, he became a new person as the Holy Spirit changed him.

When Saul arrived home at Gibeah, everything happened just as Samuel had said. The Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God – came upon him in power. And Saul began prophesying as he joined a group of prophets singing and dancing on their way back from worshipping God.

When Saul’s friends and neighbours saw the change that God had brought about in Saul, they could hardly believe it! “What on earth has happened to Saul”, they said. “Has Saul become a prophet?”

The photo (by אירית לוי ) shows the entrance to Rachel's Tomb at Zelzah, on the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.

You can read more about Saul’s encounter with Samuel @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/biblejourney2/30-israel-becomes-a-kingdom-under-saul-and-david/sauls-journey-to-kingship/

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