1 Samuel 10* Samuel anoints Saul. (1-8) Saul prophesies. (9-16) Saul chosenking. (17-27)1-8 The sacred anointing, then used, pointed at the greatMessiah, or Anointed One, the King of the church, and HighPriest of our profession, who was anointed with the oil of theSpirit, not by measure, but without measure, and above all thepriests and princes of the Jewish church. For Saul's furthersatisfaction, Samuel gives him some signs which should come topass the same day. The first place he directs him to, was thesepulchre of one of his ancestors; there he must be reminded ofhis own mortality, and now that he had a crown before him, mustthink of his grave, in which all his honour would be laid in thedust. From the time of Samuel there appears to have beenschools, or places where pious young men were brought up in theknowledge of Divine things. Saul should find himself stronglymoved to join with them, and should be turned into another manfrom what he had been. The Spirit of God changes men,wonderfully transforms them. Saul, by praising God in thecommunion of saints, became another man, but it may bequestioned if he became a new man. 9-16 The signs Samuel had given Saul, came to pass punctually;he found that God had given him another heart, anotherdisposition of mind. Yet let not an outward show of devotion,and a sudden change for the present, be too much relied on; Saulamong the prophets was Saul still. His being anointed was keptprivate. He leaves it to God to carry on his own work by Samuel,and sits still, to see how the matter will fall. 17-27 Samuel tells the people, Ye have this day rejected yourGod. So little fond was Saul now of that power, which soonafter, when he possessed it, he could not think of parting with,that he hid himself. It is good to be conscious of ourunworthiness and insufficiency for the services to which we arecalled; but men should not go into the contrary extreme, byrefusing the employments to which the Lord and the church callthem. The greater part of the people treated the matter withindifference. Saul modestly went home to his own house, but wasattended by a band of men whose hearts God disposed to supporthis authority. If the heart bend at any time the right way, itis because He has touched it. One touch is enough when it isDivine. Others despised him. Thus differently are men affectedto our exalted Redeemer. There is a remnant who submit to him,and follow him wherever he goes; they are those whose hearts Godhas touched, whom he has made willing. But there are others whodespise him, who ask, How shall this man save us? They areoffended in him, and they will be punished.
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