King Saul's... (Part 1)
Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor. He had a son whose name was Saul, 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.
What do King Saul, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Clint Eastwood, Barack Obama and Chris Pratt have in common? They are tall, strong and handsome warriors: kings of fighters, nations and silver screens: forceful men other men choose to follow; leading men many women choose to watch.
Based on his remarkable appearance, Young Saul was destined to get attention. Saul wasn't just Israel's tallest man, but he was also named most attractive. Today, he might be cast as a model, signed by a national basketball team, trained for an elite military post, or groomed to be a Hollywood hero.
Saul became Israel's first-ever king. After Joshua's major victories in the Promised Land, Israel was ruled by fifteen judges.* But over the course of many long years, God's chosen people stopped choosing Him. As a result, He withheld His favor, and a series of disasters followed--including a bad run of losing fights.
When Saul's story begins in the Bible, the prophet Samuel was God's last judge. Since he was aging, he called up his sons--but they proved themselves greedy and corrupt. While they harmed God's people personally, the Philistines harmed them nationally. So Israel begged their Lord for a king.
They thought a king could insure their welfare--that Israel would become strong again, like they were during Joshua's conquests. Although God warned them of putting a man in such a grand and tempting position, they persisted in their risky request.
So God allowed them to see for themselves.
To Be Continued...
* Articles: List and time chronology of judges: http://jesusalive.cc/ques349.htm; http://www.bibleinsight.com/judges-chronology.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.