Saturday of Week 1 Per Annum (15th January): I Samuel 9.1-4,17-19; 10.1; Ps 20; Mark 2.13-17
Saul is thought to be the most suitable man to be king because he looked like a king: handsome, taller than anyone else, and strong. As Samuel anointed him he declared that Saul would be able ‘to save’ the nation of Israel ‘from the power of the enemies surrounding them.’
How much different is God’s own choice of king for his people: ‘Without beauty, without majesty we saw him; no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering, a man to make people screen their faces; he was despised and we took no account of him.’ [Isaiah 53.2-3] Saul’s kingship will ultimately come to a disastrous conclusion, but the Man of God’s own choosing reigns as King for ever and ever. [Apocalypse 11.15] This everlasting King calls us each and all to be loyal to him and to find in him salvation from the power of every enemy.