Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 8-12
Highlights: In chapter 8 the people demand that Samuel give them a king like the other nations had kings. Samuel is displeased, but God tells him “they have not rejected you, but me that I should rule over them”, and tells Samuel to grant their request. In chapters 9 and 10 Saul is chosen to the the first king. In chapter 11 he solidifies his leadership with a victory over Nahash the Ammonite. In chapter 12 Samuel urges the nation to be faithful.
Saul is an ideal king from a worldly perspective: tall and handsome and a good soldier. What are some other good qualities he possessed early in his reign? For help see 9:21, 10:27, 11:12-13.