Samuel knew it was God’s will to select Saul as king, but he also understood that the day’s events were motivated by Israel’s rejection of God as king.
In Israel, the king was always to be under the Lord’s authority. God’s true prophets were conduits through which the divine word came to kings.
Saul came away from the meeting with Samuel with far more than he requested. Instead of being given directions to the Samuel’s house, Saul was given Samuel himself.
Samuel, the man of spiritual insight, knew all about an obscure young man even before he met up with him; Saul, the epitome of spiritual blindness, knew nothing of the most famous man in Israel even after he encountered him.
Did the Lord had determine to use Saul’s time as king as a means of punishing the nation of Israel?
Did Saul seem unfit to serve as the shepherd of the Lord’s flock?
Israel’s demand for an earthly king is presented as merely the latest instance of their long-standing pattern of rejection of God.
Any attempt to have an earthly king to take the Lord’s rightful place would end disastrously.
The thunder of the Lord threw them into such confusion that they were defeated by Israel.
Denying themselves water in the desert was a symbolic confession that the Lord’s approval was more important to them than life-sustaining water.
As God's people got rid of their idols and embraced the Lord wholeheartedly, they could expect the promised benefits of a right relationship with the Lord, one of which was victory over enemies.
Instead of a precious, joy filled, chief cornerstone for building faith, through their disobedience the Ark had become a stumbling block of wrongdoing.
A very unusual thing happens in 1 Samuel 6:17-18. The present section contains the longest recorded speech given by Philistines, pagan idol worshippers, in the Old Testament (120 words in the Hebrew), as well as the Old Testament’s longest stretch of dialogue between Philistines (four consecutive statements). With remarkable concern for detail the writer records the ensuing conversational exchange between the Philistines [...]
Returning the ark was not a task to be undertaken lightly; if done improperly, God might become even more aggravated, with dire consequences for all the Philistines.
The Ark's capture was a divine ruse used to gain even greater opportunities to display God's unparalleled majesty.
The Philistines’ conquering divine hero god had been humbled and then mercilessly executed in his own temple/stronghold.