1 Samuel 9:1-2; 10:23 – Meeting Saul


1 Samuel 9:1-2


Saul is introduced as the giant son of a wealthy, mighty man.


Saul is introduced as a sort of “Israelite Goliath.” He is huge, and the text will remind the reader that he is taller than any of the other people, and exceedingly good-looking. The selection of this first, giant, impressive king must necessarily shape how we understand the introduction of David, the young shepherd boy with beautiful eyes (1 Samuel 16). Saul and David will be a study in contrasts in several ways. Here, it is best to understand that Saul looks like the kind of king he will be: a warrior.