The Anointing, the Prophecy and the Test

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

1 Samuel 10:1-2 (NIV)
Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’

1 Samuel 10:1-2(MSG)
Then Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it on Saul’s head, and kissed him. He said, “Do you see what this means? God has anointed you prince over his people. “This sign will confirm God’s anointing of you as prince over his inheritance: After you leave me today, as you get closer to your home country of Benjamin, you’ll meet two men near Rachel’s Tomb. They’ll say, ‘The donkeys you went to look for are found. Your father has forgotten about the donkeys and is worried about you, wringing his hands—quite beside himself!’
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“Then Samuel took the flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head, kissed him, and said, “Has the Lord not anointed you as ruler over His inheritance (Israel)? When you leave me today, you will meet two men beside Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; they will say to you, ‘The donkeys you went to look for have been found. And your father has stopped caring about them and is worried about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’-AMPLIFIED

We find Samuel taking Saul off by himself to anoint him as king. The end of chapter 9 shares this fact with us. “They got up early [the next day]; and at dawn Samuel called Saul [who was sleeping] on the roof, saying, “Get up, so that I may send you on your way.” Saul got up, and both he and Samuel went outside. As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us so that he may pass by but you stand still now so that I may proclaim the word of God to you.” -1 Samuel 9:26-27 (AMP)

Chapter 10 begins with the anointing. Samuel takes the flask of holy oil and pours it over Saul’s head, kisses him and then asks him a strange question. “Has the Lord not anointed you as ruler over His inheritance?” Basically Samuel was asking Saul if he understood what was taking place. “Saul, do know what this means? Do you understand what I am doing and what is taking place?” (Remember, it was the first of its kind.)

Notice the significance of Samuel’s words to Saul; Saul has been hand-picked by the Almighty to BE the ruler of Israel. The Voice Translation says this, “The Eternal One of Israel has anointed you as ruler over His possession, over all Israel. [You will be king over the people of the Eternal One, and you will deliver them from the enemies that surround them now.”

To give authenticity and proof to this anointing Samuel prophecies. This prophecy would give Saul confirmation that what Samuel was telling him was true. Samuel prophesied that three different situations would happen as proof that God had indeed chosen Saul as Israel’s king.

1.) “This sign will confirm God’s anointing of you as prince over his inheritance: After you leave me today, as you get closer to your home country of Benjamin, you’ll meet two men near Rachel’s Tomb. They’ll say, ‘The donkeys you went to look for are found. Your father has forgotten about the donkeys and is worried about you, wringing his hands—quite beside himself!’” – 1 Samuel 10:2 (MSG)

2.) “Leaving there, you’ll arrive at the Oak of Tabor. There you’ll meet three men going up to worship God at Bethel. One will be carrying three young goats, another carrying three sacks of bread, and the third a jug of wine. They’ll say, ‘Hello, how are you?’ and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept.” – 1 Samuel 10:3-4 (MSG)

3.) “Next, you’ll come to Gibeah of God, where there’s a Philistine garrison. As you approach the town, you’ll run into a bunch of prophets coming down from the shrine, playing harps and tambourines, flutes and drums. And they’ll be prophesying. Before you know it, the Spirit of God will come on you and you’ll be prophesying right along with them. And you’ll be transformed. You’ll be a new person!” -1 Samuel 10:5-6 (MSG)

Samuel then goes on to say something that we all need to remember. “When these confirming signs are accomplished, you’ll know that you’re ready: Whatever job you’re given to do, do it. God is with you!” – 1 Samuel 10:7 (MSG) GOD IS WITH US! How wonderfully reassuring those words are when we are faced with the seemingly impossible.

Now the testing part comes into play. Will Saul take his anointing seriously? Will he believe the prophecies that Samuel had given him? Will he follow the instructions that he had been given? The last words that Samuel spoke to him at this point were these, “Now, go down to Gilgal and I will follow. I’ll come down and join you in worship by sacrificing burnt offerings and peace offerings. Wait seven days. Then I’ll come and tell you what to do next.” – 1 Samuel 10:8 (MSG)

Would Saul obey? That was the question. The very next verse, verse 9, tells us that at this point in his life he was willing to trust God wholly and he WAS obedient.

* “Saul turned and left Samuel. At that very moment God transformed him—made him a new person! And all the confirming signs took place the same day.” (MSG)

* “Then it happened when Saul turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.” (AMP)

* “As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.” (NIV)

* “As Saul turned to leave Samuel, the True God transformed his heart. As a result, all that Samuel had predicted came to pass that day.” (VOICE)

Saul’s quick obedience brought about the transformation of his heart. We will find that this did not remove all the fear and trepidation. But, as Saul took each step of faith God confirmed to him that this was HIS choice for Saul.

“Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives.” ~ Andrew Murray

“Beware of reasoning about God’s Word – obey It.”~ Oswald Chambers

“I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.” ~ George Macdonald

My Prayer:
Lord, help me to trust and quickly obey when you direct me to do something for you. Obedience is what you require of your children. Help me to be quick to listen and slow to question. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that speaks words of confirmation and affirmation to my heart. Continue to bring about your transformation within me, Lord. I want to be pleasing in your sight.

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