A Benjamite named Saul was “an impressive young man.” The feature that set Saul apart from other Israelites was his physical appearance; ‘he stood a head taller than any of the others.” Israel had asked for a king “like all the other nations” (1 Samuel 8:20), and the Lord was giving them the desires of their heart, even down to Saul’s impressive height! But Saul’s height may have been the most impressive thing about him.
Saul and his father’s servant were sent to search for his father’s the lost donkeys. Saul’s servant knew of Samuel, the prophet of God. It is quite handy to know a prophet when your dad’s donkey’s are lost. They sought the prophet’s help to inquire of God where they might find the donkeys.
On the previous day God had informed Samuel that he would meet a man from Benjamin whom he should anoint as king over Israel. Even though Israel had reject God as their king, He reserved the right to choose Israel’s king (Deut. 17:15). Saul remained with Samuel to attend a sacrificial feast. The next day Samuel detained him to receive a message from God.
Did Saul seem unfit to serve as the shepherd of the Lord’s flock? Hebrew leaders of old were often referred to as shepherds. The Torah’s most significant patriarchs were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, All these leaders were skillful shepherds. Yet here Saul is portrayed unflatteringly as an incompetent shepherd. Saul was portrayed so inept that he could not even find a few large animals without the help of a prophet of God.