Welcome Dear Readers to this week’s edition of Gregory’s Bible Stories. Today Gregory learned about when Saul was anointed as Ruler of Israel. Let’s listen in as Gregory tells us about the lesson.
Saul, the Yardstick That Became a Ruler
Once there was a wealthy man named Kish who forgot to tie up his donkeys, and they all ran away. So Kish sent his son Saul to find them. Saul Kished his father goodbye and set out on foot with his servant to the country of Ephraim which in those days was the donkey capital of the world.
Now, in biblical times, Saul was the sexiest man alive. Not only was he handsome, but he was also a foot taller than everyone else in Israel. Some biblical scholars believe his height was approximately two yardsticks tall, while other biblical scholars believe he was probably only six feet tall, while still other biblical scholars believe he was just wearing lifts. (Whatever it was, from Saul’s elevated vantage point, all he saw when he looked around was a sea of crooked yarmulkes.)
When Saul and his servant arrived at Zuph, they’d had enough of looking for donkeys.
Saul: Let’s go back home or my father might stop worrying about donkeys and start worrying about us.
Servant: Ha ha! You actually made a little bit of a joke, Saul.
Saul: What’s a joke?
Servant: You know, it’s humor.
Saul: You mean like body fluid humor such as blood, lymph or bile?
Servant: No, I mean like humorous humor as in funny. You’re a funny guy.
Saul: Funny like I’m a clown? Like I make you laugh? Like I’m here to amuse you? How am I funny? Funny how?
Servant: No! Saul! I guess what I meant was humor as in bile humor. I always get those two mixed up! Sorry Saul.
Saul: Forget about it! Now get over here and let me straighten up your yarmulke!
Servant: Hey I just remembered something!
Saul: I hope it doesn’t have anything to do with humor.
Servant: No, there’s a seer in this town. If we give him a nickel, he can tell us where the donkeys are.
Saul: I don’t want to give him a nickel.
Servant: No I meant if I give him a nickel.
Saul: Well what are we waiting for? Let’s go!
As Saul and his servant were going up the hill to the town, they met some girls who were coming out to draw water:
Saul: Excuse me. Do you girls know if there’s a seer in town?
Girl #1: A Sears? No. Our town’s pretty small. We don’t even have a Walmart.
Saul: Am I to understand that you mean you don’t have a wall around which your town is surrounded whereupon a mart lies within?
Girl: #1: I guess.
Just then Saul and his servant ran into Samuel who was very important person in Israel, not quite a king, but way more than a mayor. Samuel was the seer that Saul’s Servant said Saul would see (with or without six seashells by the seashore).
The day before God had told him Samuel that Saul would be coming and that Samuel was to anoint Saul as the ruler of Israel. So Samuel invited Saul to a big feast in which Saul was served the best piece of meat available at that time, a leg. (This was way before animals had breasts).
When the feast was over Samuel fixed up a nice place for Saul to sleep in his guest bedroom that also doubled as his roof. The next morning Samuel took a jar of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head. “The Lord anoints you as ruler of his people of Israel,” Samuel said, and then he gave Saul a great big ol’ Kish.
And there you have it, Dear Readers, what Gregory learned in Sunday School this morning. Please come back next week at this same to find out what Gregory learns next.
Until next time . . . I love you