Sh’mu’el Alef (1 Samuel) Chapter 9

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Tet- serpent; objective good- that which appears evil but is for our improvement.

Sh’mu’el Alef 9:1-2 Now there was a man of Binyamin whose name was Kish the son of Avi’el, the son of Tz’ror, the son of B’khorat, the son of Afiach, the son of a man of Binyamin, a mighty man of valor. And he had a son whose name was Sha’ul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.

The world standards are not the same as G-d’s standards. The world many times looks at the outside of the person, their looks or how tall they are or maybe even how rich they are. G-d does not look at these things. G-d looks at the heart of the person – rich or poor, free or slave, handsome or not. He does search for the humble. This does not mean the worldview of humble (ie. a wimpy person). Someone who understands their own weaknesses and admits them is humble and sensitive to other people who have weaknesses themselves. A prideful person usually only wants others to look at him and can have very little concern for others. These are some of the things the L-rd G-d looks at in a person to rule for Him. I think G-d gave them the type of person that the people wanted. We know that Sha’ul does conquer in the end he does some things that are rather foolish and cared more about himself than the people. This is another reason it is important to have a righteous King like Yeshua will be in the future. Some, however, will still have to learn this lesson over again when the Anti-Messiah comes to power.

Sh’mu’el Alef 9:3-5 Now the donkeys of Kish, Sha’ul's father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Sha’ul, "Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys." And he passed through the hill country of Efrayim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Sha’alim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them. When they came to the land of Tzuf, Sha’ul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, lest my father cease to be concerned about the donkeys and become anxious for us."

This family is wealthy. They have donkeys and servants. It appears that a large heard of donkeys were missing and not just a few. To have the herd missing was a major financial loss so Kish sends his son to oversee the mission of looking for the missing heard.

Sh’mu’el Alef 9:6-13 And he said to him, "Look now, there is a man of G-d in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out." Then Sha’ul said to his servant, "But look, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is gone from our sack and there is no present to bring to the man of G-d. What do we have?" And the servant answered Sha’ul again and said, "Look, I have in my hand a fourth of a shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of G-d and he will tell us our way." (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of G-d, he used to say, "Come, and let us go to the seer"; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.) Then Sha’ul said to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of G-d was. As they went up the slope to the city, they found young women going out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?" And they answered them and said, "He is; see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today. As soon as you enter the city you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up for you will find him at once."

Because they were traveling they were not prepared for a visit with the prophet and did not have with them a suitable gift to offer him.

A prophet was also referred to as “a Seer”. Because G-d allowed him “to see” the future.

Sh’mu’el Alef 9:14-21 So they went up to the city. As they came into the city, look, Sh’mu’el was coming out toward them to go up to the high place. Now a day before Sha’ul's coming, the L-RD had revealed this to Sh’mu’el saying, "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Binyamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he shall deliver My people from the hand of the P’lishtim. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me." When Sh’mu’el saw Sha’ul, the L-RD said to him, "Look, the man of whom I spoke to you! This one shall rule over My people." Then Sha’ul approached Sh’mu’el in the gate, and said, "Please tell me where the seer's house is." And Sh’mu’el answered Sha’ul and said, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and in the morning I will let you go, and will tell you all that is on your mind. And as for your donkeys which were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father's household?" And Sha’ul answered and said, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Binyamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?" Anoint him to be prince – To be anointed means to be set apart. Sha’ul was set apart to be the first King of Israel.

Sha’ul shows humbleness here.

Sh’mu’el Alef 9:22-27 Then Sh’mu’el took Sha’ul and his servant and brought them into the hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who were invited, who were about thirty men. And Sh’mu’el said to the cook, "Bring the portion that I gave you, concerning which I said to you, 'Set it aside.'" Then the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it before Sha’ul. And Sh’mu’el said, "Here is what has been reserved! Set it before you and eat, because it has been kept for you until the appointed time, since I said I have invited the people." So Sha’ul ate with Sh’mu’el that day. When they came down from the high place into the city, Sh’mu’el spoke with Sha’ul on the roof. And they arose early; and it came about at daybreak that Sh’mu’el called to Sha’ul on the roof, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away." So Sha’ul arose, and both he and Sh’mu’el went out into the street. As they were going down to the edge of the city, Sh’mu’el said to Sha’ul, "Say to the servant that he might go ahead of us and pass on, but you remain standing now, that I may proclaim the word of G-d to you."

Sha’ul' means “asked of G-d” the people had asked G-d for a king and G-d gives them what they ask for, even though it is not what His original plan for them was.

Sh’mu’el received the portion of the sacrifice that was reserved for the priest. His sharing it was Sha’ul was an honor for this man about to be anointed king.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 7:32 'And you shall give the right thigh to the priest as a contribution from the sacrifices of your peace offerings.

The servant was sent on ahead of Sha’ul so that Sh’mu’el could have a private conversation with him.