Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Mysterious King Part 6


When I look at the massive attention to external detail surrounding God preparing Saul for the throne, I certainly wish I could have watched the design process in heaven as his redemptive gift was being discussed, refined and pre-loaded with … Continue reading

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The Mysterious King Part 5


We need to circle back before going forward. In Part 3 of this series, I made a significant mistake in identifying Gibeah with Gibeon.  According to a map I found on the web, the two communities appear to be about … Continue reading

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The Mysterious King Part 4


Clearly even though Israel had asked for a king instead of a priestly judge, God intended the throne to be a spiritual position.  So what can we see about Saul’s spiritual heritage? Let’s look at the big picture of the … Continue reading

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The Mysterious King Part 3


A child is usually impacted by the neighborhood, not just his family.  So what do we know about Gibeah?  It matters since it was his home town, and he returned home to make it his capital when he began to … Continue reading

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The Mysterious King Part 2


In God’s careful preparation of the first king of Israel, his family line was hugely significant.  I find the description of his father (from God’s point of view) to be quite remarkable. The King James says his father Kish was … Continue reading

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The Mysterious King Part 1


The standard approach to looking at Saul’s life is to devalue him for his misbehavior toward David. That is a very short-sighted approach.  Our default position for everything is “God was there first.”  Long before he fell, he was God’s … Continue reading

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