Day 100!!! 1 Samuel 9-12

   One of the perks of reading the bible this way is I really get a feel for the background to what is happening.  I think I can say I’ve read most of the bible, but never in order.   So not only am I filling in the gaps I’ve missed, because you know, not many Sunday Sermons are going to cover the Benjamite gang rape of a Concubine, But it helps provide a deeper understanding and context for what I’m reading.. Now when I did read the story about the tribe of Benjamin almost being wiped off the face of the planet by the other Israelites I questioned, why was this even in the Bible?!  What can I learn from this?  But now reading about king Saul, who came from the tribe of Benjamin, I have a deeper understanding of him and where he is coming from.

   Saul is an interesting character, and I have to admit I have a great deal of compassion for him at this point in the story.  He seems to have stumbled into unexpected circumstances.  Would the son of a donkey “herder”  from the least of the tribes of Israel setting off to find a group of lost donkeys expect to discover He was to be a King some day? And when Samuel is all set to reveal who the King is going to be with great ceremony.  He reveals the clan, then the family only to have the King-to-be MIA and hiding.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it’s God who reveals where Saul is hiding among the supplies.  Saul later rises to the occasion… And Samuel thinks his life work is finished. 

  My OH MY, how what we think is a done deal and what God thinks is a completed work can differ!  Every fiber of my being is feeling that right now…  am I projecting?  I have a tendency of doing that when I’m experiencing large life experiences.  But it really seems like Samuel believes his crowning achievement is finding and anointing Saul king.  My life was completed with the adoption of my daughter right?  but just when that goal was reached my world began to crumble and what I was certain would be the outcome for my family is not what is becoming reality.  What do I do?  I’m curious what is Saul and Samuel going to do when what they thought was going to happen, well, doesn’t? 

12:20-24 “do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own. 23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. 24 But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”