1 Samuel Chapter 9

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1 Samuel 9

1Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.

2And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

3And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.

4And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.

5And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.

6And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

7Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?

8And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

9(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

10Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was.

11And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?

12And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:

13As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

14And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.

15Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,

16To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

17And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.

18Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer’s house is.

19And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.

20And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father’s house?

21And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

22And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.

23And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.

24And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.

25And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

26And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

27And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

30 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 9

  1. 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

    We should trust our spiritual leader enough to come to him & tell him what we have lost, let it be, trust, faith, motivation, commitment, compassion, what ever it is that we lost and our Pastor will show us how with God’s help we can recover ALL!!!

    And if it is you that is lost, let the Pastor show you how to return to your Heavenly Father, so the Heavens can rejoice over the sheep that has been found.

  2. 27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

    Saul had to send those he came with away so that Samuel could tell him what God said. I wonder how often do we try to hold on to friends and relationships instead of sending them on so that the man of God can speak into our lives?

  3. I thank Bro and sis Watts for explaining God’s word to me. Without them explaining it too me on a weekly basis -I would be lost and have no direction in my life.
    Thank the Lord for Godly people its helped me to STAND AND BE STRONG! !
    I love the Lord and appreciate Him so much for this and in this Scripture I believe this same concept happened to the people of God. God loves His people He puts Godly people in our lives to protect us and keep us from being away from God. Along with prayer and our daily devotion to the Lord.
    Thank you church for being “church “to me.
    Have a blessed day.

  4. when all else fails just stand GOD will reveil his will to you. where we get in truble is when we try to figure it out our selfs we know that God can do anything weve seen him do amazing things so why dont we trust him

  5. i love to eat the Word for Breakfast

    Can I get a Witness

    6And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

    The servant witnessed to Saul and led him to the man of God.

    This morning as we head to outreach, let us be bold and lead the lost to the Lord.

    The Lost are more valuable than some donkeys, lets search for them diligently and not be intimadated by anyone.

    in·tim·i·date
       [in-tim-i-deyt] Show IPA

    verb (used with object), in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing.
    1.
    to make timid; fill with fear.

    2.
    to overawe or cow, as through the force of personality or by superior display of wealth, talent, etc.

    3.
    to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear

  6. ANTHONY WINKLER(my10 year old boy)
    —-you may be a part of the smallest group,but it does not matter you can become big(with God)…. All because you are small does not mean you can change things….because is through Crist that you will.

    MAX(9) “God has a plan for everybody”

    Ashley Lynn. (7). Everyone has a plan,and Samuel was talking to Saul,and they had a feast,and Saul was worried abut his donkeys,and they were found,and his servant went back home,and Saul stayed there to talk to Samuel about the (GODS PLAN)

    THANFUL to share this word with my kids…..

  7. iWork and iWalk Into the Will of GOD

    3 And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.
    4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.

    There was a need, there was a man, God kad a plan. (A thought for future Leaders) Saul saw the need of his fathers loss and took it upon himself to do something about it; meanwhile the Father (GOD) saw a need and was looking for a man. As Saul set out to do the iWork of his father “finding the lost animals” (there is another lesson here) as he iWalked in serving his father; GOD was able to direct him to Samuel.

    Even though Saul did not find the animals; he did find the will of GOD. The lesson here is that if we will be busy about our Fathers business, the will of GOD will find us.

    iPray
    iWork

  8. A LESSON IN GIVING

    7 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?
    8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

    The custom in coming before the man of GOD was to bring an offering; not so much for the man but for GOD. We also should practice this gesture of honor to the LORD. We come to church for a word from GOD. Therefore every time we come to church we should bring an offering to the LORD.

    Also, notice that Saul the Leader did not have anything to give, however his servant offered to sacrifice what he had so they could bring an offering. This is repeated in the New Testament church.

    Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

    BE Church
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  9. In this chapter we find that God was responding to the cry of the hearts of the people for a king, so if they must have a king, He had one chosen that was of good character that would set them free from the oppression of the Philistines. Saul had a divine appointment that day with his destiny and only because he listen to the voice of his servant when the suggestion was made to go to the city and see the prophet.

    Obviously the servant was of good character as well, because it was his suggestion that they go inquire of the prophet. I remember another example in the bible where Naaman was covered with leporasy and his servant, the maiden suggested that he go find the prophet for healing. When he arrived the prophet said dip in the muddy Jordan and be healed. He thought he was too good for that advice, but again his handmaiden helped him see the right answer and choice, and healing is what he received.

    Sometimes we think we are “too” good to listen to the advice from the servant God has placed in our lives. But, if we would seek his council, confirmed by the word, we would save ourselves many a heartache.
    Let’s take the time to listen to the direction and voice of the servant of God that has been placed over us.

    • Just read my proverb for the day, and the first scripture fits so perfectly Proverbs 21: 1 “Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.”

  10. Saul didnt know it before he went to look for the animals but he had a God appointment just waiting on him. God puts pastors over us and if we dont listen and obey the word that God gives the pastor then we will be lost and that would be sad to go to church every wed and sunday and still be lost. We have to trust padtor nt because we see him as a friend but trust that he is the man of God that God appointed to oversee our souls.

  11. In this scripture, there is a better understanding or interpretation of what a Prophet is or Seer. Beforetime a Prophet was called a Seer, in which he foresaw upcoming events, or in a sense spoke it out. Be careful for what you speak out, it might come to pass. See there is power of life or death in our tongues. “You reap, what you sow”! Before you accept a prophecy spoken over your life, it’s best to ensure or test the prophet and see fruits of his previous prophecies. You see a man of God, is an honourable man; and what he says surely cometh to pass.

    Proverbs 18:21
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    But it’s best to always check the fruits before accepting anything that comes your way. Jesus warned us about wolves in sheep clothing, so always use caution when you hear prophecies or predictions of the future. This is not to say, God doesn’t use people for prophecy. But, we have to be wise in what we hear. There should always be some kind of confirmation by the Holy Spirit, or by fruits of previous prophecies. Due to the severity or importance of the message. Or simply the fact, of being led astray or sooth saying.

    Matthew 7:15
    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    1 Samuel Chapter 9:6 & 9

    6And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

    9(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

    “Be Church”…iwork…….istudy….imissu….

  12. Solitude
    v19 And Samuel answered Saul, I am a seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me today, and tomorrow I will let thy go, and tell thee all that is in thine heart.

    Jesus went to the high mountain to pray
    Theres where we can see more clearly as GOD sees.
    LORD…. Help us ( me ) learn to escape alone with you in prayer. As we empty ourselves of the world then you can fill us and to know YOU through our submission, and humility.
    Knowledge, guidance, healing, and purpose is gained in HIS Presence but the greatest gift in prayer is GOD HIMSELF!
    We must never doubt GOD’S ability to perform what HE speaks through HIS Word or our leadership . Keep believing never stop.
    Don’t forget who we are and whats available to us in prayer.
    We must not only hear The Word but do what HIS Word says do. ( James 1:23-24

    v27 ” But stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of GOD.
    HIS WORD WILL ACTIVATES OUR FAITH!
    Thanks be to GOD for our Pastor that speaks HIS WORD to us.

  13. This teaches to stay the course. Trust in God even though things don’t seem to be going your way. Do not give up before you recieve the blessing God has waiting for you
    . He passed through many lands with nothing revealed to him. He kept going with determination. When most would have gave up hope he kept going and searched out a man of God to guide his path. He believed and trusted that this man would show him the correct way to go. He did not know that he had a bigger blessing waiting for him. Not the one he expected nor the one he thought he needed. One that was better because he did not give up and sought out Gods word he recieved his blessing.

  14. 8And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

    26And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

    27And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

    Some people, like the servant, we may expect to be around for quite some time yet will come into our lives just for a season, and we must be willing to let them go when the time comes so the purpose of God can be fulfilled. Others, like Samuel, may seem like they’ll only be in our lives for just a short time for a specific purpose, yet are meant to stay with us for the long-term.

    We must be careful what doors we walk away from in life; just because something appears to have closed doesn’t mean it is closed or that God doesn’t intend for it to reopen and even stay open for good. Saul’s later decisions would interrupt God’s will but if we examine how things would have been otherwise, we can see the importance of certain life-long relationships that God intends for us if we will allow them. Being sensitive to the will *and* timing of God will help us in discerning the role of individuals in our lives, as will sometimes just being patient enough to wait and see as the plan of God unfolds.

  15. iLove to eat the word for lunch

    as i sit and eat lunch i write and thank God for his Word.

    There is not anything under the sun that God does not know…He knows everything.

    20And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father’s house?

  16. 3And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.

    Here we see another example of the blessings that can come from obedience. If Saul would have waited for a day, would he have lost the blessing? I am reminded of the passage of scriptue that talks about how Obedience is greater that a Sacrifice, for the reason that God knows what we are in need of even before we ask it. It just maybe , that God allowed those donkeys to escape for the opprotunity for Saul to go out through that land and talk to Samual.

  17. Verses 9-10 in the CEV read…”“Great!” Saul replied. “Let’s go to the man who can see visions!” He said this because in those days God would answer questions by giving visions to prophets. Saul and his servant went to the town where the prophet lived.” I pray that we can capture the vision that the Lord has given our Pastor for this city!

    Verses 15-16 read..”The day before Saul came, the Lord had told Samuel, “I’ve seen how my people are suffering, and I’ve heard their call for help. About this time tomorrow I’ll send you a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who will rescue my people from the Philistines. I want you to pour olive oil on his head to show that he will be their leader.” The Lord knows what we need and he already has the answer before we even ask! It is so awesome to see how the Lord puts everything in motion.

  18. 6And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

    What greater compliment can be given to the man of God than that of being honorable.

    In my estimation Samuel was one of the greatest of God’s leaders.

    • God set it all in motion. The obedience of the two men brought them together. These great Devine appointments only come trough obedience. God made a way for the people of Isreal, Saul, and Samuel. God heard Isreal in their prayers. He then spoke to both men to put them into the place where they could meet. Don’t forget about the obedient servant who took the issue to the man of God.

  19. Verse 21I am the smallest out of the tribes of the benjamites and of the least of the family’s of the tribe… Saul was at that time little in his own eyes. He realized that he was not much in the eyes of the people. But what he did not know was that God had already whispered in Samuel’s ear and told him Saul was the man. As we work to do the will of God in our life we need to remember that no matter how small we feel in our own eyes God has a great plan for us.

  20. Vs.27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

    Ex. 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

    Just as Saul lingered to learn more of God so did Joshua. As a result Joshua become a great and might leader. Intimacy with God is the only way we can step into fulfilling Gods purpose.

    This reminds me of the song ” Running” it starts off with a call from the Lord and into the chorus is the response we have to the Lord. It’s a beautiful song.

    Songs of Solomon 7:10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

    “Running” by Gateway

    Verse 1
    I hear the voice
    The voice of the One I love He’s calling my name
    I hear the voice
    The voice of the One I love He’s calling my name
    He’s saying Come up higher And hear the angels sing Come up higher My beloved
    Come up higher And leave this world behind
    You’ll find Me to be beautiful

    Chorus
    I am running Running after You
    You’ve become my soul’s delight
    I am running Running after You
    Here with You I find my life

  21. 6And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

    7Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?

    8And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

    All to often People hear the topic of giving and put a wall up. We see here that Saul was almost afraid to go see the man of God without bringing a gift. How many times lately how we come to the house of the Lord, and not brought an offering????

  22. iLove to eat the Word for Supper

    15Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came

    Lord, i pray you would open our ears.

    (Luke 24:31) And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

    (Luke 24:32) And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

    (Luke 24:33) And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

    (Luke 24:34) Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

    (Luke 24:35) And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

  23. 13As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

    There is a blessing before the eating. I think this applies not just to food, but also to the word. When we are about to eat the book we should pray and seek God’s blessing so we can receive what he wants us to eat.

    “give us this day our daily bread”

  24. 2And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

    The Lord speaks of Saul as a goodly man, no other man in Israel was a goodlier person that he. Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin, a small tribe. God chose Saul to save the Israelites from the hand of the Philistines, the Lord heard the Israelites cry.

    Samuel is about to share the word of God with Saul about the Lord choosing him as the captain of the Israelites. Samuel knows Saul has no ideas how his life is about to change. Samuel obeys and does all the Lord asks him to do. He has warned the Israelites before a King is chosen to rule over them, they know all they are giving up just to be like everyone else that has a King .

    Little did they know that God wanted to test them and at the same time he was sending them hellp since he had heard their cry over the Philistines. God had their back he knew Saul would save them from the Philistines. It was through his will and mercy to have Saul intercede, it’s god’s power that will save them. He uses a goodly man to show them that they have choices, if they obey, worship and love him with all their hearts and soul god would bless them abundantly. How easy it was for the Israelites to think God wasn’t King enough to lead them and save them from the world. They have made a great mistake but god will have Saul make him shine after all he protects us and has our back when we cry out to him.

    Lord thank you for loving me. I want no other King, Lord all I want and need is you. Lord use me to do your will.

  25. It’s interesting that Saul’s servant had the idea to go a little further and seek the Seer plus had the offering to gift him. Of the 2 men, he was sensitive to the drawing of the Lord so that Saul could receive his commission/position. Then when Samuel, the Seer, gave Saul the word of the Lord concerning him, he asked that same servant to pass on by. The servant didn’t show any attitude but rather served God well in his part of this event. We all have a part to play to accomplish God’s will whether it is up front as King or servant to the King-our roles are vital.

  26. This chapter illustrates gauge. “And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?” God sees the heart. With God the least can be the greatest, God has always chosen quality over quantity, and humility over conceit. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  27. What started as a searches for 3 farm animals is continuing to be quite an adventure. but the story doesn’t end here.

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