1 Samuel 9

What account is given of Saul's parentage and person?

Is there any propriety in calling Saul a young man, when he already had sons grown to man's estate? ch. 14. 49. N. B. There is nothing in the original to answer to this epithet; the correct translation being—"a choice and goodly person."

Relate the circumstances by which Saul came to be introduced to Samuel?

Was this whole affair directed by a special providence? Prov. 16. 9.

What were the prophets in Israel anciently called?

Whom did they meet with as they went up the hill into the city, and what conversation ensued? V. 11—13.

What authority had Samuel or any one else to sacrifice in any place but that which God had appointed? N. B, As the ark was now removed from its tabernacle at Shiloh, as there was no other place appointed for its permanent location , and as there was no altar for sacrifices at Kirjath-jearim where it was now abiding, the law in Deut.12. 5—7, appears to have been for the present necessarily suspended. This circumstance goes with many others to shew that that whole system of worship was merely typical, of which the substance was yet to come ; otherwise the forms would have been more strictly adhered to.

Do we learn from Samuel's example the propriety of craving a blessing upon our meals?

Who came out into the street and met them as they advanced to the city, and by what means was he enabled to recognize Saul? V. 16, 17.

How did Saul accost the prophet, and what words passed betwen them? v. 13—21.

Is it to be inferred from Saul's enquiry that the prophet dispensed with every thing stately and pompous in his appearance and wore the garb and appearance of a plain unpretending man?

How did Samuel entertain Saul and his servants? V. 22—24.

What other interviews had they together? v,25—27.

What was probably the tenor of Samuel's conversation with Saul?

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