Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Up, that I may send you on your way.” So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.
As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to pass on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God.”
Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the LORD and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies.
Comment: This was nothing like a British coronation all pomp and ceremony. Saul is taken to a quiet bit of his journey home, and his travelling companion sent way. Samuel pours a flagon of oil over his head (you may remember that this was a Jewish custom of appointing people to positions of authority) and simply said ‘you are to be the first king of Israel!’ Saul must have almost fainted with shock. Samuel did say more as we will read tomorrow, but what a surprising way to announce something so spectacular!
Prayer: Help to accept all the different ways You lead me, O Lord!