I owe the title to Anglican Compass of 10thJan.2019. I simply looked at Saul as the first hero, but Kolby Kerr thought otherwise. Here is what he said, ” Northrop Frye calls Saul “the one great tragic hero of the Bible.” He is a “doomed man” from the start—he inherits Israel’s rejection of God and their desire to be like “all the nations” (1 Sam.8:5,20)”. That turned some lights within me. In literary writing, you are taught to prepare the script for the entry of the hero. The preparation here shows him as a young man obeying his fathers wishes; and you would think, there’s hope of a great king in him. There’s a difference between this introduction and what he became. Samuel warned them. How do you choose your leaders? Dan Spader suggests in Growing A Healthy Church, the mnemonic: FATE, which translates to: faithful, available, teachable, and enthusiastic. Saul broke all. What kind of leaders are you raising to take over? Would that mnemonic fit them? Saul looked it but he failed it. May God send us leaders indeed.
And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. 1 Samuel 9:3 KJV