When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them. And when all who knew him previously saw how he prophesied with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What has come over the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” And a man of the place answered, “And who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.
Saul’s uncle said to him and to his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To seek the donkeys. And when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” And Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.” And Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel had spoken, he did not tell him anything.
Comment: What Samuel had said came to pass as Saul left him and went towards his home. As I read this passage I see Saul in different moods or attitudes.
- It says that ‘God gave him a different heart’. Maybe it is tied into the statement that the Spirit of God rushed upon him and he was one with those who were prophesying. What does prophesying mean here? Maybe ecstatic praise but it seems to have been more than momentary. People noted what was going on and it seems as if they noted that Saul was in the group. Remember he stood head and shoulders above the rest. I wonder if the question ‘And who is their father?’ is a question as to who was the leader of this group. They knew that Saul’s parent was Kish.
- Then, meeting his uncle, he refuses to mention anything about his meeting with Samuel and the prophesying episode. He side-steps his uncle’s reference to Samuel. Was he shy, embarrassed, uncertain? We are not told, but it will be interesting to see how he acts in the future!
Prayer: Keep me humble but let me be bold about Your business, O Lord.