Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 9-12
The people wanted a king. They got one.
He goes out looking for donkeys (there are those funny donkeys again) and comes home covered with the anointing oil of the king. Yet the young man is so terrified, he hides in the baggage so he doesn't have to face the crowd.
The people wanted to look good in the eyes of their neighbors so God gives them a tall, dark and handsome man who really presents as a buffoon in many ways. They have their "movie star" and we think all will start to maybe iron out a bit, but there are clouds on the horizon.
Saul has ecstatic fits of prophecy. If one steps back from his life, one would almost label him with bi-polar disorder (manic/depressive.) He will also develop some jealousy which presents as paranoia. And if that isn't enough, he gets involved in the occult.
But oops, I'm getting ahead of myself.
God offers a tall handsome specimen and the people buy into it hook, line and sinker! It's as if God says to them, "You want a king? Well, here you go."
And there they go...right back into a slavery position.
I guess freedom is just a little too hard for most people to handle.