All human leaders are susceptible to corruption. (1 Samuel 10:21)

All human leaders are susceptible to corruption. (1 Samuel 10:21)
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Welcome to the Odd Verse of the Day series.

Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin forward by its families, and the Matrite family was selected by lot. And Saul the son of Kish was selected by lot; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. 1 Samuel 10:21

That's not the typical verse of the day you might see inspiringly hanging from a living room wall. Likely, nobody has this verse highlighted in their Bible. 

That's what makes this series so interesting to me. 

Let's slow down and see what we find in this verse. 

Let's start with the context.

This is an essential chapter in 1 Samuel because this is where Saul will be anointed as king. Beginning in verse 1, this was a literal anointing of Saul. The word "anoint" means to rub or sprinkle on; apply an ointment or oily liquid to. 

But the idea of anointing is much more significant. What happened to Saul's head and body was a picture of what God did to him spiritually. The Holy Spirit was poured out on him, equipping him for the job of ruling as king over Israel.

God did this to show the nation that Saul was the right man before they "selected" him. It showed that God chose Saul and not any man. 

This is important because Saul is not selected by the casting of lots (think of it like a lucky dice roll). God specifically chose him for a reason. 

So. . .where is he?

When the moment came for Saul to come out into the spotlight, he couldn't be found. Saul showed a healthy embarrassment and humility. 

He did not look forward to being "center stage" in front of the nation; he seemed to dread it. Saul was not made king because of his ambition or to gratify a desire for the limelight.

There certainly are similarities in Jesus. The crowd often wants Jesus to be their king, and Jesus responds by running away (see John 6:15). 

Today's takeaway

All human rulers and leaders are susceptible to corruption. 

Here is an up-and-coming leader with all the qualities you want, but we know Saul's story and he will soon become the leader Israel no longer needs and who turns his back on God (see 1 Samuel 15). 

Only King Jesus will follow through with that humility and modesty (and other leadership qualities) to the very end. 

This odd verse reminds me that characteristics like humility and modesty are excellent, but only if they come with the quality of consistency

Let's pray about that!

God, we thank you for your Kingship. Help us remain humble and modest as we lead our earthly kingdoms. Amen. 


Today's verse comes from my video series, Roll For Verse. In this series, I roll dice to pick a random Bible verse each day. Then, I spend a few minutes sharing devotional thoughts on the verse. If you'd like to join the fun and study the Bible in a new way, check it out on TikTok or YouTube.

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