1 Samuel 10:1-16; 19:23 – Saul as Prophet


1 Samuel 10:1-16


Saul frequently falls into prophetic trances.


The sad trajectory of Saul’s life might have been different had he been called to an alternate path from kingship. After Samuel anointed Saul, Samuel sent him on his way, and told him that he would join the prophets coming down from a high place, and that he would be changed into a different man while prophesying. Indeed, Saul seems to have fallen in with the prophets quite naturally. A saying sprung up, asking, “Is Saul among the prophets?” Interpreters will differ as to the intent of the question. Most likely, asking if Saul was among the prophets was like asking if the “check engine” light in an old car is on again: most of the time it doesn’t mean anything harmful, but it can be frustrating when planning for a longer journey. It might be the sign of something dangerous to come. 

Saul’s forays among the prophets seemed to have been well-known and frequently recalled, hence, the repeated mentions of the question “Is Saul among the prophets?” One wonders if Saul had been a professional prophet, might his life, particularly toward the end, have been happier and more peaceful?