1st Samuel 10 — What does Samuel do with Saul?

What do the strange references to donkeys, goats, bread, wine and musical instruments have to do with the anointing of Saul as ruler? What do these symbols have to do with the Messiah?

Food for thought from the recorded discussion

1st Samuel 10 mapWhat is the difference between a ruler and a king? How many times did Samuel warn them about the consequences of wanting their own king besides God?

What is a “high place”? Are there “good” high places vs. “bad” high places?

1st Sam.10:1,10 — What is a flask? What was in it? How do the coronation of Saul and David (1st Sam. 16:1-2) differ? Why did God make a distinction in the oils? What does Hannah’s prophesy (1st Samuel 2) tell us about the horn of anointing? How is the relationship between Deborah and Barak similar to the relationship between Samuel and Saul?

1st Sam.10:2 — Where is Rachel’s tomb (Gen. 35:16-)? Where is Zelzah in comparison? Where are Samuel and Saul at this time? Where is Ramah? Why does this even matter? 

1st Sam. 10:3 — What do the donkeys, goats, bread and wine symbolize? Saul never found the donkeys himself? Who found them? How do we see Yeshua and His apostles in the story about finding the donkeys?

  • donkey = firstborn
  • 3 goats = sin offering
  • 3 loaves of bread = Saul given two and kept one for themselves
  • wine = sin offering
  • prophets on hill of God = Kiryath Jearim (proximity to Philistines)
  • instruments = harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre. What do the priests do while playing these instruments? 

When did Saul face the issue of waiting for Samuel for 7 days? Did he pass that test?

1st Sam. 10:9 — How did Saul’s heart change?

Reader: David De Fever. Study: Daniel Agee.


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