1Samuel 18:17 – 19:24

Thursday Evening Bible Study

April 5, 2012

Introduction

Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision

We’ve seen the nation transition from the time of the judges, when God used men like Samuel to guide the nation, to the time of the kings.

Saul was anointed to be the first king, but through Saul’s continued disobedience to God’s commands, God has told Saul that he will no longer king. Samuel snuck off and anointed a young man named David to be king.

Last week we saw God’s first big work in David as he alone faced the giant Goliath.

I just received this yesterday from a news source (Bradley Antolovich, For Zion’s Sake) -

Dr. Omar Ja’ara, lecturer at Al-Najah University in Nablus specializing in Israeli affairs, said on Fatah television on February 15 that Moses led the Muslims out of Egypt and that the Exodus was the first instance of ‘Palestinian’ liberation through armed struggle, reported the Palestinian Media Watch.
The fellow also claims that it was Saul, not David, that killed Goliath and liberated “Palestine” from the giants.
Amazing.

We saw last week that after David’s victory, the nation became quite fond of David. The women danced and sang songs about David, exaggerating his victory in comparison to Saul’s battles.

Saul became quite jealous of David, even trying to throw his javelin at David.

18:17-30 David marries Michal

:17 Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife. Only be valiant for me, and fight the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “Let my hand not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

:17 Here is my older daughter Merab

MerabMerab – “increase”

Part of the reward for killing Goliath was supposed to be the marriage to Saul’s daughter. Initially Saul plans on giving David his oldest daughter Merab.

:17 be valiant for me

Saul thinks that if he sends David out to fight enough Philistines, that eventually one of them will kill David and he won’t have to worry about David’s popularity.

:18 So David said to Saul, “Who am I, and what is my life or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?”

:18 Who am I

Even though David has won this great battle and is being exalted by the people, he just doesn’t see himself as being worthy of marrying a king’s daughter.

Lesson

Humility vs. Insecurity

It’s often hard to tell the difference between humility and insecurity – they look and feel very similar.
It seems that the people God chooses to use have this strange mixture of humility and insecurity.
When God asked Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egyp:

(Ex 3:11 NKJV) But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

When God asked Gideon to deliver the Israelites from Midian:

(Jdg 6:15 NKJV) So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”

When Samuel told Saul that he would become king:

(1 Sa 9:21 NKJV) And Saul answered and said, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak like this to me?”

The trick is to be careful once you find yourself being used by God.
After God worked in Moses, he was known as the humblest man …

(Nu 12:3 NKJV) (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)

Gideon refused to become king.

(Jdg 8:23 NKJV) But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you.”

Saul

He had already been rebuked by Samuel over his disobedience, reminding him that at one time he was humble.

(1 Sa 15:17 NKJV) —17 So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel?

Now Saul is out to kill David.

That is a mark of insecurity.

In contrast, David was both humble AND secure.

We see his humility here.

He was confident that God would help him kill Goliath.

Jesus gives us a pattern.
At the Last Supper, Jesus surprised His disciples by washing their feet – something that a servant was supposed to do.

(Jn 13:3–5 NKJV) —3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

(Jn 13:12–17 NKJV) —12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Not only do we start with humility, we need to cultivate and grow in humility.

We do that by serving one another.

The Bible says that humility is a key to having God use you.

(1 Pe 5:5b–6 NKJV) …Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

:19 But it happened at the time when Merab, Saul’s daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.

Saul changes his mind since David seems to be wavering about Merab, and Saul gives Merab to someone else.

:20 Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

:20 MichalMiykal – “who is like God”

:20 loved‘ahab – to love; human love for another

There’s a bit of a romance blooming.

:21 So Saul said, “I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” Therefore Saul said to David a second time, “You shall be my son-in-law today.”

:21 that she may be a snare to him

That’s a lousy reason to get married. Sometimes it’s hard to decide who to marry…

Illustration

A young man was in love with two women and could not decide which of them to marry. He went to his pastor for counseling. The Pastor asked, “Please describe your two loves.” “Well, one is a great poet.” “And the other?” “The other makes delicious pancakes.” “I see,” the Pastor wisely observed. “So, you can’t decide whether to marry for batter or for verse.”

:22 And Saul commanded his servants, “Communicate with David secretly, and say, ‘Look, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you. Now therefore, become the king’s son-in-law.’ ”

:23 So Saul’s servants spoke those words in the hearing of David. And David said, “Does it seem to you a light thing to be a king’s son-in-law, seeing I am a poor and lightly esteemed man?”

:23 I am a poor and lightly esteemed man

David does not have the money to pay a proper dowry to marry the daughter of a king.

A dowry was money paid to the father-in-law in case the marriage doesn’t work out. It’s kind of like alimony in advance.

:24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, “In this manner David spoke.”

:25 Then Saul said, “Thus you shall say to David: ‘The king does not desire any dowry but one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the king’s enemies.’ ” But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

:25 one hundred foreskins

There are only two ways this could happen. Either a Philistine would need to willingly be circumcised (which ain’t gonna happen), or he would have to be killed. Saul is hoping that along the way one of the Philistines will succeed in killing David instead.

:26 So when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to become the king’s son-in-law. Now the days had not expired;

There must have been some sort of a time limit on this proposition, such as, “As long as you bring me a hundred foreskins in the next two months …”

Sounds like a used car salesman, “this offer is only good for the next 30 minutes…”

:27 therefore David arose and went, he and his men, and killed two hundred men of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full count to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him Michal his daughter as a wife.

:27 two hundred

David wasn’t satisfied to just meet the minimum requirement. He brought twice as much.

Not only will this show that David is serious about marrying Michal, but it is also going to leave no room for Saul to back out.

:28 Thus Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him;

:29 and Saul was still more afraid of David. So Saul became David’s enemy continually.

:30 Then the princes of the Philistines went out to war. And so it was, whenever they went out, that David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name became highly esteemed.

:29 Saul was still more afraid of David

Not only is God with David, but Saul’s own daughter loves him as well. And don’t forget that Jonathan also loves David.

And now, with marrying his daughter, David even has an outside sort of claim to the throne as well.

Lesson

Insecurity stinks

I’m not sure how this all works, but it seems to me that I’m tempted to do some pretty stupid things because of my own insecurity.
When you’re insecure, you do stupid things to get people to like you.
When you’re insecure, you lash out at people that you feel are a threat.
I think the answer to insecurity is confidence in God.
Confidence in ourselves leads to pride, and that stinks.
Confidence in God brings security.
Look at some of the songs of David. Look where his confidence is:
(Ps 9:9–10 NKJV) —9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. 10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
(Ps 18:1–2 NKJV) —1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
(Ps 20:7 NKJV) —7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
(Ps 31:1 NKJV) —1 In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.
(Ps 40:4 NKJV) —4 Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
I think that more than “self-confidence”, we need “God-confidence”

19:1-18 Saul Persecutes David

:1 Now Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David; but Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted greatly in David.

:1 that they should kill David

Saul now openly commands that David be put to death. He’s not going to hide his hatred any more.  He’s acting like a mafia boss ordering a “hit”.

This gives us a little insight into the concept of what the Jews considered a king.

Nobody for the moment asks Saul for a reason. Nobody for the moment questions what Saul is asking. Saul doesn’t seem to be accountable to anyone. It seems that he has the ability to command that people be put to death.
This helps explain why the prophet Samuel had been reluctant to go and anoint David.
(1 Sa 16:2 NKJV) And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”

:2 So Jonathan told David, saying, “My father Saul seeks to kill you. Therefore please be on your guard until morning, and stay in a secret place and hide.

:3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you. Then what I observe, I will tell you.”

Jonathan promises to talk to his father and find out why Saul wants to kill David. Apparently Jonathan wants to wait until he is alone with his father instead of questioning Saul in front of Saul’s other servants.

:4 Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.

:5 For he took his life in his hands and killed the Philistine, and the Lord brought about a great deliverance for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to kill David without a cause?”

:5 to kill David without a cause

In reality, David hasn’t done a single thing for Saul to be afraid of. David had only done things that benefit Saul. He’s only helped Saul.

But Saul isn’t being very rational.

:6 So Saul heeded the voice of Jonathan, and Saul swore, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be killed.”

:7 Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these things. So Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as in times past.

:7 he was in his presence as in times past

God uses Jonathan, and Saul actually listens to reason. For the time being, there is peace.

Lesson

Peacemaker

Jesus said,
(Mt 5:9 NKJV) Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Can you spot the “peacemaker”? (it’s the fellow that points out that Oliver said “please”)

PlayOliver Twist” clip

Paul wrote,
(Ro 12:18 NKJV) If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Keep in mind that it is not always possible to be at peace with people.

There will be a time when David and Saul will not be able to patch things up.

But while we can, we should be willing to do our part.

Though this “peace” would only last for a while, I think it was good that Jonathan pursued it.

:8 And there was war again; and David went out and fought with the Philistines, and struck them with a mighty blow, and they fled from him.

:8 David went out and fought with the Philistines

Lesson

The enemy is a liar

When Goliath had made his challenge to Israel, he said,
(1 Sa 17:9 NKJV) —9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”

Now I’m sure that if Goliath had won, that the Israelites would have been servants of the Philistines.

Yet after David defeated Goliath, did the Philistines become Israel’s servants? No. In fact, now they’re back at war again.

Satan will often say to us while we’re being tempted, “Just give in this one last time, and you’ll never be bothered again …” It’s a lie. We can even think that if we have a victory over a temptation, that we’ll never be bothered again. That too is a lie.

:9 Now the distressing spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing music with his hand.

:9 the distressing spirit …came upon Saul

As David has another victory, Saul finds himself tormented again. Is this a surprise?

Lesson

Fleshly footholds part 2

Last week when Saul heard that the people were cheering David for his great victory, he got very jealous and angry.
(1 Sa 18:8–9 NKJV) —8 Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” 9 So Saul eyed David from that day forward.
(1 Sa 18:10 NKJV) And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house. So David played music with his hand, as at other times; but there was a spear in Saul’s hand.
So now that David has another victory, is it a surprise that Saul is once again “tormented” by this “distressing spirit”?
Paul wrote,
(Eph 4:26–27 NKJV) —26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
placetopos – any portion or space marked off, as it were from surrounding space; opportunity, power, occasion for acting.
Saul has given the devil a “place” in his life – a foothold.
Saul’s real trouble is his own flesh nature.
It starts in our own sin nature.
Illustration
A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher says, “Okay, but do not go in that field over there,” as he points out the location. The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, “Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me.” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher. “See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand? “The rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores. A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased close behind by the rancher’s prize bull. With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he’ll get “Horned” before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified. The rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs: “Your badge! Show him your BADGE!!!”
There is no reasoning with an angry bull.
When we allow anger or jealousy to hang out in our heart, it’s like we’re jumping into the field with that bull.
Waving your “badge” or your reasons aren’t going to help.

You’re simply heading into trouble.

:10 Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from Saul’s presence; and he drove the spear into the wall. So David fled and escaped that night.

:11 Saul also sent messengers to David’s house to watch him and to kill him in the morning. And Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.”

Remember that David is married to Saul’s daughter, Michal. When she is aware of her father’s desire to have David killed, she tells him that he needs to leave before her daddy kills him. It’s her idea that David leave.

:12 So Michal let David down through a window. And he went and fled and escaped.

:13 And Michal took an image and laid it in the bed, put a cover of goats’ hair for his head, and covered it with clothes.

:13 an image[email protected] – idolatry, family idol; a kind of idol used in household shrine or worship

Why does David have a “teraphim” in his house? Could this be something that belongs to Michal?

This is the old “make them think he’s still in bed” trick.

:14 So when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

Michal stalls the messengers and sends them away with an excuse to give David more time to get away.

:15 Then Saul sent the messengers back to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.”

Saul commands the messengers to bring David with his whole bed if necessary.

There is no doubt what Saul wants. He wants David dead.

:16 And when the messengers had come in, there was the image in the bed, with a cover of goats’ hair for his head.

:17 Then Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this, and sent my enemy away, so that he has escaped?” And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go! Why should I kill you?’ ”

Michal lies to her father. David hadn’t threatened her at all.

If she tells Saul the truth that it was her idea for David to escape, Saul might kill Michal.

:18 So David fled and escaped, and went to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.

:18 Ramah

See map. If David has been in Gibeah with Saul, then Ramah is only about 2 miles away.

I wonder if David has this sense that Samuel is in some sense partly responsible for getting him in the mess that he is in this day. So David runs to Samuel for help.

:18 David fled and escaped

It is at this occasion that David writes a song.

(Ps 59 NKJV) — To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” a Michtam of David When Saul Sent Men, and They Watched the House in Order to Kill Him. 1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Defend me from those who rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, And save me from bloodthirsty men. 3 For look, they lie in wait for my life; The mighty gather against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord. 4 They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold! 5 You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the nations; Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah

David is crying out to God for help.

6 At evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city. 7 Indeed, they belch with their mouth; Swords are in their lips; For they say, “Who hears?” 8 But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them; You shall have all the nations in derision. 9 I will wait for You, O You his Strength; For God is my defense. 10 My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies. 11 Do not slay them, lest my people forget; Scatter them by Your power, And bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for the cursing and lying which they speak.

Apparently these guys weren’t just out to kill David, but they were out to slander him as well. They were out to destroy David’s reputation.

13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, That they may not be; And let them know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah 14 And at evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city. 15 They wander up and down for food, And howl if they are not satisfied. 16 But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. 17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.

Even though God is his defense, David still ran away from the murderers.
Yet ultimately, David is putting his life in God’s hand.

19:19-24 David in Naioth

:19 Now it was told Saul, saying, “Take note, David is at Naioth in Ramah!”

:19 Naioth – “habitations”

This appears to be a place in Ramah (vs.19). It seems that Samuel has established a “school of the prophets” here. He has been raising up another generation of prophets (vs.20). One of the Jewish Targums (paraphrase) has “house of instruction” here.

Lesson

Run to the Lord

When David is running to Samuel, he is running to the Lord.
There are a lot of David’s songs that talk about trusting in the Lord during times when things are not going so well.
Whether they were written at this particular time, they give us insight into the kinds of things going on in David’s heart.
(Ps 56:3 NKJV) Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
(Ps 62 NKJV) — To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. 1 Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. 3 How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence. 4 They only consult to cast him down from his high position; They delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah 5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 9 Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor. 10 Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them. 11 God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. 12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.

:20 Then Saul sent messengers to take David. And when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as leader over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

:20 the group of prophets prophesying

Here are some of Samuel’s students. The Jewish Targum (an Aramaic translation) says they were “praising”.

:20 they also prophesied naba’ – to prophesy; under influence of the divine spirit; or, of false prophets.

Some have suggested that it the main idea is to “speak for”. With this idea, the Spirit comes on the prophet and he becomes the spokesman for God (or, a demon with a false prophet).

One of the ideas of “prophecy” is that the word comes from a word (naba) meaning “bubble up” or “pour out” (Gesenius). With this idea, the sense is that the Spirit would come on a prophet and the words would “bubble up” from him.

During one of Saul’s times of being troubled by the demonic spirit, he “prophesied” at that time also –

(1 Sa 18:10 NKJV) —10 And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house.

Here’s the picture – these armed guards are coming to capture David, but as they get close, God’s Spirit comes upon them and they find themselves bubbling up with praise to God.

David wrote,

(Ps 62:6 NKJV) He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
I love this. These men aren’t destroyed, but they are blessed.

:21 And when Saul was told, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. Then Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.

:22 Then he also went to Ramah, and came to the great well that is at Sechu. So he asked, and said, “Where are Samuel and David?” And someone said, “Indeed they are at Naioth in Ramah.”

:22 Sechu – “the watch-tower”

Saul gets to thinking that he can’t trust any of his servants. Good help is hard to find. If you want something done, you have to go and do it yourself.

:23 So he went there to Naioth in Ramah. Then the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah.

:23 the Spirit of God was upon him also

This isn’t the first time this has happened to Saul.

In perhaps the very same place, at the beginning of his career, Samuel had told him that he would meet a group of prophets and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
(1 Sa 10:5–6 NKJV) —5 After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. 6 Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.
And that’s what happened:
(1 Sa 10:10 NKJV) When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

:24 And he also stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

:24 he also stripped off his clothes

It’s possible that Saul is totally naked. It’s also possible that he’s just taken off his outer royal robes.

This reminds me of what happened to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

He had reached a point in his life of extreme pride.
God afflicted him so that he acted like a cow for a season of time, until he realized that there is a God in heaven, and old Neb isn’t Him.
(Da 4:34 NKJV) And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.

This also reminds me of Samuel’s last time with Saul, when Saul had disobeyed God and lost the kingdom:

(1 Sa 15:27–28 NKJV) —27 And as Samuel turned around to go away, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. 28 So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.
Now Saul’s royal robes are removed.

In a way this is a sense of judgment, that God is humiliating Saul.

In another way, there is a sense of grace here – that God is giving Saul one more chance to taste of His Spirit and possibly walk with God.

:24 Is Saul also among the prophets?

This is what the people said the last time that Saul encountered the Spirit of God.

(1 Sa 10:11 NKJV) …the people said to one another, “What is this that has come upon the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”

It would seem that since that time and this, Saul has not had a reputation of being a “Spirit-filled” man.

Lesson

Always Spirit Filled

God’s desire is not that we be occasionally filled with the Spirit.
God wants us to live our whole lives being filled with the Spirit.
(Eph 5:18 NKJV) And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
This is a “command”. It is a present tense, carrying the idea of “continually be filled” with the Spirit.
How can I be filled with the Spirit?

Simply ask. Yield.

Paul also wrote,
(Ga 5:16 NKJV) I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

How do we “walk” in the Spirit. Take lots of steps. One after another.

I hope it’s not a surprise to others when I’m Spirit-filled.