This is the second part of our discussion of the topic “Is Saul Also Among The Prophets”? Even though the topic is about Saul, but the emphasis is on the lessons we will learn from Saul’s encounter with the prophet of God Samuel.
The whole issue started as a result of Saul having an encounter with Samuel. Before the encounter, Saul was reluctant to go and see Samuel because according to him, they had nothing to give the man of God.
According to 1 Samuel 9:8, Saul accepted to go and see the prophet because his servant assured him saying, and the servant answered Saul again, and said, “Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way”.
The lesson here is that we learn never to go empty-handed to see any prophet of God we have the opportunity to meet. It is unfortunate that the majority of Christians are ignorant of this.
According to 1 Samuel 10:1, It was Saul meeting Samuel that resulted in Samuel anointing him to be king of Israel, Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon Saul’s head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
After Samuel had anointed Saul, he prophesied to him what shall later come to pass. One of the things Samuel told Saul that shall come to pass can be seen in 1 Samuel 10:6 which says, ” And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them and shalt be turned into another man”.
As seen in 1 Samuel 10:9-11, one outcome of Samuel anointing Saul was that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
And it came to pass when all that knew Saul before time saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
One obvious fact is that you cannot have a genuine encounter with any genuine prophet of God and your life will remain the same after. In the case of Saul, God gave him another heart and all those signs that Samuel prophesied to come to pass that day.
Remember what we said in part one, no king of Israel ever began to rule without being anointed(except those that use coup d’ ETA to come to the throne of power).
That is to say, our reign in life is tied to the prophets that God had set over us that were supposed to anoint us. One unfortunate issue is that many people fail to recognize such prophets of God that are meant to anoint them.
What I am trying to say is that we may not have started reigning in life because we have not yet been anointed, and the reason is that many despised the prophets of God that were designated to anoint them.
Another thing worth mentioning is that Saul only started to prophesy when he came in the company of the prophets. Meaning that the only way we do extraordinary things is when we associate ourselves with extraordinary people.
In other words, the kind of company we keep determines the kinds of actions that come from us. That is the reason there is an adage that says, show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.
Please this is very important, Saul was able to prophesy with the prophets because the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and was turned into another man”.
That is to say, we must pay adequate attention to our spiritual life. You should know that the spirit world is superior to the physical world and equally controls the physical world.
If we want people who hitherto knew us before to envy us and exclaim with their mouths wide open asking whether we are among the company they will find us in 2022, then we must be ready and willing to do the extraordinary.
Whatever it will take us to have a genuine encounter with God and as well as the prophets of God, we should pay the price to get it. Some believers are also so naive and ignorant that they allow men and women with a reprobate mind, to cause them to be offended in their prophets.
In view of this, remember the words of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:20 which says, as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; “Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper”.
Personally, I don’t allow the voices of the men and women with a reprobate mind, sons of Belial and as well as daughters of Jezebel, to influence my relationships with my prophets.
Any prophet I have proved to be a genuine prophet of God, I don’t listen even to the highest of campaigns and conspiracy against him. Rather, I behave as Elisha did in 2 Kings 2:3 and 5.
In the above Bible passages, Elisha reacted against the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel who came forth to him, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
The blind man in John 9:25 equally reacted similarly against the Pharisees, whom he answered and said, Whether Jesus is a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
Why should you allow unbelievers, people that are without the life of God in them, and most agents of the devil to be the ones to determine who is a genuine or fake man of God?
Finally, apart from God placing in the hands of his prophets that should anoint us to reign in our society. He equally promised in Jeremiah 3:15 where He said, “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”.
The ball is in your court. Shalom!