Saul is proclaimed king (1 Sam 11:12-11:15)

“Then the people said to Samuel. ‘Who is it that said. ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Give them to us so that we may put them to death.’ But Saul said. ‘No one shall be put to death this day, for today Yahweh has wrought deliverance in Israel.’ Samuel said to the people. ‘Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.’ Then all the people went to Gilgal. There they made Saul king before Yahweh in Gilgal. There they sacrificed offerings of well-being before Yahweh. There Saul and all the Israelites rejoiced greatly.”

They wanted to go after the people who had opposed Saul as king, but Saul said no. This was a day for rejoicing, not killing. They all went to Gilgal to celebrate this great victory. Then Saul is proclaimed king for a 2nd time. This time it seems more real, like an enthronement of a king. There at Gilgal, the original west bank camp, they offered sacrifices with great rejoicing. All looks great now. There is a king and there is peace. What else could you ask for?

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