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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
1 Samuel 10



Verses 1-27

1 Samuel 10:1-8 — Samuel Gives Saul Directions - In 1 Samuel 10:1-8 Samuel gives Saul directions on what will take place on his way home. Saul and his servant had initially come to Samuel for such divine directions, and he received it after being anointed king.

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

1 Samuel 10:1Comments- Saul was anointed king by Samuel using a vial of oil, while David was anointed by him using a horn of oil ( 1 Samuel 16:13). Benny Hinn teaches that the vial was a symbol of judgment, as it was used in this manner in the book of Revelation. 24]

24] Benny Hinn, "Fire Conference," 5-6 June 2009, Miracle Center Cathedral, Kampala, Uganda.

1 Samuel 16:13, "Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah."

1 Samuel 10:2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel"s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?

1 Samuel 10:2"What shall I do for my son?" - Comments- Saul was lost. This is a type of us being lost from God and Him sorrowing for us.

1 Samuel 10:4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.

1 Samuel 10:4"bread; which thou shalt receive" - Comments- Saul was given bread to eat. This was a type of receiving of Jesus Christ, the Bread of life.

1 Samuel 10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:

1 Samuel 10:5"After that thou shalt come to the hill of God" - Comments- This is a type of us coming to the throne of God.

1 Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

1 Samuel 10:6Comments- The anointing of the Spirit upon Saul is a type of filling of Holy Spirit with sign of tongues and prophesying as seen in the book of Acts.

1 Samuel 10:7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

1 Samuel 10:7"And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee" - Comments- These events are signs to confirm to Saul that his anointing was of God.

1 Samuel 10:7"that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee" - Comments- This is a type of us serving God in an obedience lifestyle, because God is with us.

1 Samuel 10:8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

1 Samuel 10:8"And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal" - Scripture References - Note:

Samuel 1 Samuel 11:14, "Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there."

1 Samuel 15:12, "And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal."

1 Samuel 10:8"seven days shall thou tarry" - Comments- This period of waiting seven days may be compared to tarrying for Pentecost. In 1 Samuel 10:9, God gave Saul a new heart, like He gives us a new heart. In 1 Samuel 10:10, Saul's infilling of Holy Spirit was accompanied with signs of prophesying, just like with us.

Acts 19:6, "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

1 Samuel 10:8Comments- Samuel gives Saul commands to be obedient to his word. This is a type of us hearing God's word.

Proverbs 28:13, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."

1 Samuel 10:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

1 Samuel 10:10Comments- Todd Bentley describes such an experience that he encountered.

"I had become so full of God's presence, I had to give it away. I remember sitting with two other youth pastors in the church office and the Spirit of prophecy fell on me. Literally, a mantle fell - Whap! ‘I'm going to prophesy,' I said. I'd given little words here and there but this was like a torrent. I felt the prophetic bubble up in my spirit. I prophesied over them and I got so intense, I opened up the door and ran down the hallway into the church and said, ‘Is there anyone out here I can prophesy over? It's flowing. Where's the secretary?' I was looking for more targets…I mean, people. So I prophesied over everybody there in the church. It just kept flowing - people were going out under the power and they were weeping. It was like Saul when the Spirit of prophecy fell on him and he prophesied non-stop from morning to night." 25]

25] Todd Bentley, Journey Into the Miraculous (Victoria, BC, Canada: Hemlock Printers, Ltd, 2003), 107-8.


1 Samuel 19:24, "And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?"

Bentley continues later in this same chapter:

"It seemed that even this prophetic anointing was being caught. The Spirit of prophecy would come on the place and youth would begin to prophesy spontaneously under my mantle, similar to the story in 1 Samuel 10:10 of Saul prophesying when he came into contact with the prophets." 26]

26] Todd Bentley, Journey Into the Miraculous (Victoria, BC, Canada: Hemlock Printers, Ltd, 2003), 112.

1 Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.

1 Samuel 10:24Comments- Contrast this to Samuel's words when David was anointed King. God told Samuel not to look on his outward appearance ( 1 Samuel 16:6-7).

1 Samuel 16:6-7, "And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD"S anointed is before him. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."

1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

1 Samuel 10:27Comments- In 1 Samuel 11:1-15 God uses a battle to confirm Saul's kingship to all the people, especially to these sons of Belial.


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 10:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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