Go Look

Our reading this week has Samuel all grown up and in the role of the Priest. Eli and his family have gone but Saul is still King. In many places in the bible God just does what God likes in order to move events towards the kingdom, but with this story we see God playing the political game waiting on human politics to catch up with the divine will. Saul is still king and even as God has turned heaven’s back on him, he remains king and cannot be shifted easily. Samuel being called to anoint a new king has to do so in secret for if Saul hears about it he’ll kill Samuel. Samuel therefore is performing a coup d’état but has to do so under the cover story of a pilgrimage to offer sacrifice. When he gets to Jesse’s household the brothers are all lined up except none of them are the ones God has chosen. We know that already. We know it is going to be the least likely and hardly noticed youngest son David, but Samuel does not know this yet. What must it be like to live with that niggle that there i