King SaulKing Saul - As the nation of Israel grew and became more powerful, the people wanted to become like other nations and have a king rule over them.


"And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel.  Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.  His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.  Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him, 'Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways.  Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.'  But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, 'Give us a king to judge us.'  And Samuel prayed to the Lord.  The Lord said to Samuel, 'Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.'" (I Samuel 8:1-7, NASB)


The man who was chosen was a Benjamite named Saul.


"Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.  He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people." (I Samuel 9:1-2, NASB)


One day when Saul traveled to Shiloh, Samuel was told of his arrival.


"Now the day before Saul's coming, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel, saying, 'About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines...Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, 'Has not the Lord anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?'" (I Samuel 9:15-16 & 10:1, NASB)


Thus Saul became King of Israel.