F I R S T S A M U E L
Those that desired a king like all the nations
fancied that, when they had one, they should look very great and
considerable; but in this chapter we find it proved much otherwise.
While Samuel was joined in commission with Saul things went well,
ch. xi. 7. But, now
that Saul began to reign alone, all went to decay, and Samuel's
words began to be fulfilled: "You shall be consumed, both you and
your king;" for never was the state of Israel further gone in a
consumption than in this chapter. I. Saul appears here a very silly
prince. 1. Infatuated in his counsels, ver. 1-3. 2. Invaded by his neighbours,
ver. 4, 5. 3. Deserted by
his soldiers, ver. 6, 7.
4. Disordered in his own spirit, and sacrificing in confusion,
ver. 8-10. 5. Chidden by
Samuel, ver. 11-13. 6.
Rejected of God from being king, ver.
14. II. The people appear here a very miserable people.
1. Disheartened and dispersed, ver. 6, 7. 2. Diminished, ver. 15, 16. 3. Plundered, ver. 17, 18. 4. Disarmed,
ver. 19-23. This they
got by casting off God's government, and making themselves like the
nations: all their glory departed from them.