The Long Roles
And Reign Of
King Saul Over Israel When
The long roles started Saul was a young man when he became king, and he ruled Israel for two years. Then he chose three thousand men from Israel to be full-time soldiers and sent everyone else home.
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Two thousand of these troops stayed with him in the hills around Michmash and Bethel. The other thousand were stationed with Jonathan at Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin.
Jonathan led an attack on the Philistine army camp at Geba. The Philistine camp was destroyed, but the other Philistines heard what had happened. Then Saul told his messengers,
"Go to every village in the country.
Give a signal with the trumpet, and when the people come together, tell them what has happened."
The messengers then said to the people of Israel, "Saul has destroyed the Philistine army camp at Geba. Now the Philistines really hate Israel, so every town and village must send men to join Sauls army at Gilgal."
The Philistines called their army together to fight Israel. They had three thousand chariots, six thousand cavalry, and as many foot soldiers as there are grains of sand on the beach. They went to Michmash and set up camp there east of Beth-Aven. The long roles.
The Israelite army realized that they were outnumbered and were going to lose the battle. Some of the Israelite men hid in caves or in clumps of bushes, and some ran to places where they could hide among large rocks. Others hid in tombs or in deep dry pits. Still others went to Gad and Gilead on the other side of the Jordan River.
Saul stayed at Gilgal.
His soldiers were shaking with fear, and they were starting to run off and leave him. Saul waited there seven days, just as Samuel had ordered him to do, but Samuel did not come. Finally, Saul commanded, "Bring me some animals, so we can offer sacrifices to please the Lord and ask for his help."
Saul killed one of the animals, and just as he was placing it on the altar, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to welcome him. "What have you done?" Samuel asked.
Saul answered, "My soldiers were leaving in all directions, and you didnt come when you were supposed to. The Philistines were gathering at Michmash, and I was worried that they would attack me here at Gilgal. I hadnt offered a sacrifice to ask for the Lords help, so I forced myself to offer a sacrifice on the altar fire." The long roles.
"That was stupid!" Samuel said. "You didnt obey the Lord your God. If you had obeyed him, someone from your family would always have been king of Israel.
But no, you disobeyed, and so the Lord wont choose anyone else from your family to be king.
In fact, he has already chosen the one he wants to be the next leader of his people." 15 Then Samuel left Gilgal. The long roles.
Part of Sauls army had not deserted him, and he led them to Gibeah in Benjamin to join his other troops. Then he counted them and found that he still had six hundred men. 16 Saul, Jonathan, and their army set up camp at Geba in Benjamin1 Samuel 13:1-16
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