Kish had a handsome son called Saul. Saul was the most handsome and tallest man among the Israelites.
One day, Kish’s donkeys ran away. Kish said to his son, Saul, “Some of the donkeys have run away. Take a servant with you to find the donkey.”
Saul took a servant and departed to find the missing donkeys.
They went into all the places including the hill country of Ephraim, Shalishah, as well as the territories of Shaalim and Benjamin but their donkeys were still nowhere to be seen.
Finally Saul and the servant came to the place where the clan of Zuph lived.
Saul said to his servants, “Let us go back now. If we don’t go home now, my father will get worry about us and forgot about the missing donkeys.”
The servant answered, “There was a very powerful prophet that lives nearby this town. But we don’t have anything to offer him. I only have a small piece of silver. We can give this to him and he will tell us where the donkey is.”
Saul said to the servant, “Good! Let us go to find the prophet now.”
Saul and the servant went into the town where Samuel lived.
As they were going up the hill, some women were coming out of the town to fetch water.
They asked the young women, “We are looking for the prophet who sees vision. Can you tell us where he is now?”
The young women answered, “He is offering a sacrifice to the Lord at the place of worship. Hurry up now and you will meet him inside the town gate.”
Saul and the servant went into the town. As they were entering the town gate, Samuel was coming out.
When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man whom I had chosen to be the king over Israel.”
Saul said to Samuel, “We are looking for the prophet who can see vision”.
Samuel answered, “I am the prophet. Go now to the place of worship and eat with me. The donkeys that ran way had already been found. Every valuable thing in Israel now belongs to you.”
Saul said, “How can this be? I am from the Benjamin tribe which is the least important in Israel. ”
Samuel took Saul into the dining room at the place of worship and seated him. He gave Saul the best portion of the meat.
After Samuel and Saul had finished eating, Saul went up to the flat roof of Samuel’s home to sleep.
The next morning, Samuel took a jar of olive oil and anointed Saul.
Samuel embraced Saul and said, “God had chosen you to be king over Israel.
After you left me, you will meet with two men near the tomb of Rachel in Zelzah who will tell you that the donkeys had been found.
Go from there to the giant oak tree at Tabor, You will see three young men.
One of them is leading 3 goats, the other will be carrying 3 loaves of bread and the last one will be carrying a jar of wine.
After you meet them, one of the men will give you 2 loaves of bread.
Next, go to Gibeah and you will see the army camp of the Philistines. The prophets will meet with you as you enter the town. Then the Spirit of God will suddenly take control of you and you will prophesy along with them.
After that, you will reach Gilgal. I will be there in a week. Stay there and I will tell you what to do next when I arrive at Gilgal.”
Saul left Samuel and found everything happened just as Samuel told him. Samuel sent message to the Israelites to gather at Mizpah.
When all the people had assembled at Mizpah, Samuel said to them, “God had rescued you from your troubles but you have now rejected him and ask for a king. Now each tribe and clan comes forward because the Lord wants to choose a king.”
Every tribe came forward to the altar and God chose the Benjamin tribe.
After that, each clan of the Benjamin tribe went forward to the altar and the Matri clan was chosen.
Then Saul the son of Kish is chosen to be king over Israel.
The people asked, “Is Saul here?”
God answered, “Yes. Saul is here and he is hiding among the baggage.”
The people ran and brought Saul from the baggage into the crowd.
The people noticed that Saul is a handsome man and a head taller than them.
The people cheered for Samuel as their new king and followed him. But some men mocked at Saul and didn’t give any gifts to Saul.
Saul was very angry but he stayed calm.