Who Would Have Guessed?

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

1 Samuel 10:10-12 (NIV)
When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father?” So it became a saying: “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

1 Samuel 10:10-12 (MSG)
When Saul and his party got to Gibeah, there were the prophets, right in front of them! Before he knew it, the Spirit of God came on Saul and he was prophesying right along with them. When those who had previously known Saul saw him prophesying with the prophets, they were totally surprised. “What’s going on here? What’s come over the son of Kish? How on earth did Saul get to be a prophet?” One man spoke up and said, “Who started this? Where did these people ever come from?” That’s how the saying got started, “Saul among the prophets! Who would have guessed?!”
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“When they came to the hill [Gibeah], behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came on him mightily, and he prophesied [under divine guidance] among them. Now when all who knew Saul previously saw that he actually prophesied now [by inspiration] with the prophets, the people said one to another, “What has happened to [Saul, who is nobody but] the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” And a man from there answered, “But who is the father of the others?” So it became a proverb, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” -AMPLIFIED

The last thing we read about yesterday was Saul turning to leave Samuel’s presence and head toward home. Samuel had warned, or rather prophesied, to Saul that certain things would happen on the way home. Guess what? Everything happened exactly as Samuel said they would. (This is a sign of a good prophet.)

The focus of the story at this point is on what happens to Saul when he meets the band of prophets. Remember, when Saul obediently left Samuel’s presence we were told that his heart was transformed; this was because he took that first step of faith. Now we see what happens as he continues to take steps of faith. “When Saul came up to the hill of God, he met a band of prophets; and as Samuel had said, the Spirit of God overtook him, and he was caught up in their prophetic ecstasy.” -(VOICE)

Saul, at this point in his life, was a changed man. In faith he had allowed God to have His way in his life. When we give God control He does things for us and in us that are beyond our wildest dreams. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” -Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

Saul is now under the influence of the Holy Spirit; something that only happened to God’s prophets during this time. Now mind you, there were people in the area who had known Saul before. When they saw what was happening they were shocked and astounded. Their response to what they were seeing and hearing from him was, “What’s going on here? What’s come over the son of Kish? How on earth did Saul get to be a prophet?”

It is important to understand that what was happening was not “normal” during this time; it was supernatural. We may wonder why this is significant. There are two reasons:
1.) It was an indicator of God’s hand on Saul.
2.) It was an indicator that Saul was a changed man.

Pastor Bob Deffinbaugh shares these thoughts on Saul’s transformation:
“So why is this important? It is important because this is a public demonstration that God has empowered Saul to judge the nation. In Exodus 18, Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, counsels him to distribute the work load of judging the nation. The appointment of these 70 judges is described in Numbers 11, where all 70 of them prophesy before the eyes of the nation, demonstrating that the Spirit of God is upon them, empowering them to serve as judges. The same thing is now happening to Saul. The Spirit of God has come upon him, empowering him to judge the nation as their king. This event is clearly supernatural, and it is done in public. In fact, the change in Saul becomes proverbial, so that even those who do not witness this sign hear of it. This is the first public indication that Saul is to be Israel’s king.” –The Making of Israel’s First King

Verse twelve of chapter ten may be a little difficult to understand, but in essence this saying or proverb means that God can give His gifts to whomever He desires. Two commentaries shed a little light on this obscure proverb:

* “When a person of a mean parentage, and of a low life and education, was raised up to any degree of dignity in sacred and civil things, they used to apply this proverbial expression to him, or speak of him in this manner, is Saul among the prophets?” -John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible

* “Who is the father of all these prophets, among whom Saul now is one? Who is it that instructs and inspires them but God? They have it not from their parents, nor from their education, but by inspiration from God, who, when he pleaseth, can inspire Saul, or any other man with the same skill. And therefore wonder not at this matter, but give God the glory of it. A proverb – Used when any strange, or unexpected thing happened.” -Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

God can do amazing things with the person who is a willing vessel. Just remember, “God can select his instruments and ministers from every profession, and make the tongues of infants eloquent.” -George Haydock

My Prayer:
Lord, I want to be that willing vessel used by you. It really does not matter what others see in me; only what you see in me. Help me to be less focused on what others perceive and more focused on what YOU desire to do in me. I truly want to be all that you think I am capable of. Please, remove those fears and misgivings I have and help me to trust YOU to do your good and perfect will in my life. In your hands is the best place that I can be.

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