1 Samuel: The Rise of Saul

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This is the fourth sermon in our series on 1 Samuel ‘In Search of a King’. Preacher: The Rev’d David Browne. Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 10:17-25.

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BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 10:17-25

“Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah and said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressedyou.’ But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”

When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”

And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”

They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.”

Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!”

Samuel explained to the people the rights and duties of kingship. He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the Lord. Then Samuel dismissed the people to go to their own homes.”


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CONNECT: As we disciple those around us, how can we correct misconceptions and speak into people’s doubts about whether to make Jesus king of their lives?

WARM-UP Question

  1. Has God ever used a sequence of ‘God-incidences’, that worked together, to teach you about himself?

READ 1 Samuel 9:15-27

  1. After a number of ‘God-incidents’ Saul just-so-happens to meet Samuel. What does he do for Saul?

  2. In v.21, how does Saul see himself? What might God be showing us about Saul’s call in this passage?

  3. Do you feel like you have an interesting life? How might God be working through the humble details of your witness on your frontlines to accomplish his good purposes?

READ 1 Samuel 10:14-27

  1. After seeing a number of God’s prophecies fulfilled and being filled by the Spirit of God Saul meets his uncle. What do v.14-16 tell us about Saul? What do v.17-19 tell us about God?

  2. Why is Saul hiding? What do v.23-24 tell us about the people and their relationship with God?

  3. Read Deuteronomy 17:14-20. Does Saul fit God’s model for a king? Why/why not?

  4. Saul’s kingship comes from God, everything does. How might this affect how we live on our frontlines?

READ 1 Samuel 11:1-11

  1. What is Nahash trying to do to the people of Jabesh-Gilead? Who ends up saving them?

  2. How has taken Saul from cowering with the bags to uniting the warriors of Israel and leading in battle?

  3. Read 1 Samuel 11:13-15. What do these verses tell us about the rise of Saul and about our lives?

READ 1 Samuel 12:19-25

  1. In 1 Samuel 12 Samuel makes his farewell speech and then God sends a storm to affirm his messenger’s words. What is Samuels final advice to the people in this public address?

  2. What final message would you like to send future generations?

APPLY: If you had to summarise what you’ve learned so far from 1 Samuel, for someone who isn’t yet a Christian, what would you say?


King Jesus, we thank you that you work all things together for the good of those who love you. Thank you that you are in control and for calling us out of darkness and into your marvellous light. Forgive us for rejecting you and help us to follow you, sharing and showing your love on our frontlines. Amen!


On Your Frontline This Week: Have you thought about how can you be distinctive on your frontline? This is a helpful article:


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Key Resource

  • 1 Samuel For You” by Tim Chester is an excellent introduction to 1 Samuel that will be suitable for people reading at a range of levels. The guide includes helpful discussion of the content of 1 Samuel, along with plenty of practical and devotional application. Watch an introduction to the book by Tim Chester. 

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