1 Samuel 9* Saul is brought to Samuel. (1-10) Samuel told concerning Saul.(11-17) Samuel's treatment of Saul. (18-27)1-10 Saul readily went to seek his father's asses. Hisobedience to his father was praise-worthy. His servant proposed,that since they were now at Ramah, they should call on Samuel,and take his advice. Wherever we are, we should use ouropportunities of acquainting ourselves with those who are wiseand good. Many will consult a man of God, if he comes in theirway, that would not go a step out of their way to get wisdom. Wesensibly feel worldly losses, and bestow much pains to make themup; but how little do we attempt, and how soon are we weary, inseeking the salvation of our souls! If ministers could tell menhow to secure their property, or to get wealth, they would bemore consulted and honoured than they now are, though employedin teaching them how to escape eternal misery, and to obtaineternal life. Most people would rather be told their fortunethan their duty. Samuel needed not their money, nor would hehave denied his advice, if they had not brought it; but theygave it to him as a token of respect, and of the value they putupon his office, and according to the general usage of thosetimes, always to bring a present to those in authority. 11-17 The very maid-servants of the city could direct to theprophet. They had heard of the sacrifice, and could tell of thenecessity for Samuel's presence. It is no small benefit to livein religious and holy places. And we should always be ready tohelp those who are seeking after God's prophets. Though God had,in displeasure, granted Israel's request for a king, yet hesends them a man to be captain over them, to save them out ofthe hand of the Philistines. He does it, listening graciously totheir cry. 18-27 Samuel, that good prophet, was so far from envying Saul,or bearing him any ill-will, that he was the first and mostforward to do him honour. Both that evening and early the nextmorning, Samuel communed with Saul upon the flat roof of thehouse. We may suppose Samuel now convinced Saul that he was theperson God had fixed upon for the government, and of his ownwillingness to resign. How different are the purposes of theLord for us, from our intentions for ourselves! Perhaps Saul wasthe only one who ever went out to seek asses, and literallyfound a kingdom; but many have set out and moved their dwellingsto seek riches and pleasures, who have been guided to placeswhere they found salvation for their souls. Thus they have metwith those who addressed them as if aware of the secrets oftheir lives and hearts, and have been led seriously to regardthe word of the Lord. If this has been our case, though ourworldly plans have not prospered, let us not care for that; theLord has given us, or has prepared us for, what is far better.
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