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1. How do you feel about your height? Is height a factor in your selection of a mate? In your vote for a political candidate?
2. Who sat where at your family table when you were 12 years old?
3. Were you ever the honored guest at a fancy meal? What for?
4. What is God’s purpose for the king-to-be (chapter 9 verse 16)? What does Saul’s ignorance of Samuel indicate?
5.How does Saul react to prophetic insight (chapter 9 verse 21)? With true modesty? Still in ignorance? Fear? Why?
6. Why did Samuel anoint Saul privately (instead of publicly as later on)?
- to get Saul used to the idea
- to demonstrate the king’s need for the prophet
- to encourage Saul to depend on the Spirit before he became a celebrity
- to emphasize that God – not the people – chose Saul
7. If some seer were reading all that was in your heart and telling you where your lost items were, would you have reacted as Saul did? Why or why not?
8. What insight does Samuel give you into Jesus’ prophetic ability to know what was in the heart of man (see John 2:25)?
9. Likewise, what insight does Saul’s search for the lost donkey give you regarding Jesus’ compassion in seeking to save the lost (sheep, coin, son, see Luke 15)?
10. When has God mercifully used your disobedient choices to bring about good in your life (such as what God mercifully intends to do in spite of Israel’s rebellious desire for a king)?
11. When has God used “chance” events (good or bad), to bring you to the point where He could bless you?
12. Is God leading you into any new responsibilities? Are past roles changing? How is God confirming that to you?
13. Any signs that you are to be like Saul – “changed into a different person”? What attitude is especially important for you to maintain in the transition period?