posted on Apr, 10 2008 @ 02:24 AM
Israels First King
The people of Israel had for centuries been governed by local leaders known as “judges.” But the judge system had lost public support, and the
Jews demanded that the last judge, the prophet Samuel, name a king to succeed him, in spite of the Lord's warning that this would be a disaster.
At the Lord's direction, Samuel named Saul, a young farmer, to be king. Though Saul didn't want the job and hid. While he was hiding the Israelite
city of Jabesh came under attack. This got Sauls attention and Saul rose to the occasion and assembled an army. Jabesh was rescued. Saul became a
national hero and took his throne.
Eventually as the Lord had warned, pride and greed took on more importance than public service and faithfulness to God. Saul ignored his duties of
moral leadership and obedience to the Lord. The Lord chose David, a simple shepherd boy, to replace him and Saul spent the latter part of his reign
paranoid and trying to kill David.
As a result of his disobedience, God removed Saul from power, and removed his heirs from the throne that could have otherwise have been theirs. David
came out of hiding and became king.
To find about the colorful death of Saul you can read 1 Chronicles 10.
[edit on 4/10/2008 by Bigwhammy]