1 Samuel 13:1-14; 15:1-35
This past week we looked at the rise of the manly man, and noted the advantages that Saul enjoyed as he was crowned king of Israel. Saul was from the small tribe of Benjamin, and from an obscure family within Benjamin; but he had an impressive physical pedigree. Furthermore, he had the enviable character traits of dependability, hard work, and humility. Through no choice of his own, he was called to serve as king of Israel. But as Samuel pointed out in ch. 9, even from the beginning there were deep and selfish thoughts hidden in the heart of Saul; so the veneer of humility quickly began to wear away and expose the depth of selfishness and wicked ambition in his heart.
Notice that from the very beginning of the narrative, we have been directed to Saul’s outward attributes; but what is far more important is what is in the heart of a man. We can dress up the exterior, but the heart will shine forever.