When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied. Then he himself went to Ramah and came to the great well that is in Secu. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” And one said, “Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.” And he went there to Naioth in Ramah. And the Spirit of God came upon him also, and as he went he prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus it is said, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
Comment: I’m not sure how naked Saul was. I suspect it means that he stripped himself of his warrior and kingly garments and became just an ordinary guy among the group of prophets. I wonder where David sat or lounged in the group. It was so staggering a change in Saul’s behaviour that the general populous questioned as to whether or not their king was becoming a prophet. What a change that would be, and sadly it was only a very temporary change! David, however, looking back is noted as a prophet and we read quite a bit of his praising and even foretelling the future. This is seen mainly in the book of Psalms.
Prayer: O, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise!
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Thank you too for the prayer, “O for a thousand tongues to sing my Great Redeemer’s Praise!” Those words, and the words of that whole hymn are so inspired. Charles Wesley was obviously inspired by God’s Holy Spirit when he wrote that hymn. So much Theology is contained in them. I just went and sat at the piano and played it right through. We need to hear and sing these words in our churches today. God bless you.
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