The Tragic Life Of King Saul's Nagid King

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King Saul began his reign as an obedient nagid king, leading the people in covenant faithfulness toward God. He soon changed to a melek king, seeking his own glory and power. This change brought civil strife, division, and death upon God's people, instead of the shalom Israel was to experience. Because of this, Saul and his dynasty were rejected by God.

Saul’s background and early life reflect that he had the potential to be a nagid king. Saul complied with the rules a king must obey. Saul was not a foreigner, he was an Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin. He did not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites. The Lord saw Saul’s potential and told Samuel to appoint Saul as the ruler over his people of Israel. Saul was given the chance to rule through faith and set a good example for the other Israelites. Saul’s anointing by Samuel to be king reflect that God was with Saul and that he was a nagid king. God had a plan to bring Samuel and Saul together before either of them knew it. This was shown through Saul's father's lost donkeys and how searching for them lead to Saul meeting Samuel. It is also shown that God is with Saul when Samuel delivers a message to Saul from
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Saul stopped receiving answers to his prayers because the Lord was no longer with him. Saul sins and turns to witchcraft which he previously outlawed. The Philistines then kill Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua- three of Saul’s sons. Before Saul’s death, he was severely wounded by archers. In the end, Saul takes his own life because he is afraid of what the Philistines will do to him. When the Philistines found Saul dead, they cut off his head, took off his armour, and hung him on a wall. When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, they took down his body, burned it, and proceeded to fast for seven

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