Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament
“The LORD said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel’” (1 Samuel 16:1).
This passage raises many questions about the nature and character of God. What kind of God would choose a man to be king and then reject him as a king? Why did Yahweh reject Saul? Some people say that Saul was rejected because it was the people who chose Saul to be king in Israel and not Yahweh. This view contradicts what the Bible says about Saul’s selection to be the first king of Israel. In order to properly understand God’s rejection of Saul, it is necessary to review the rise of the monarchy in Israel.
The Establishment of the Monarchy
The establishment of the monarchy in Israel must be understood in the context of Israel’s wars against the Philistines. The Bible says that when Samuel…
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