A Famous Tree

Samuel prepared Saul to function as king of Israel by revealing a series of events that would shortly transpire, showing Saul that he was the new king of Israel. One of the things Samuel told the new king was that he would travel and reach a significant destination, “Then you shall go on forward from there and come to the terebinth tree of Tabor. There three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine” (1 Samuel 10:3).
Definite signs would meet Saul, one of which would be that he would come to a significant tree. Some translations call it a terebinth tree, others an oak, and the Old King James Version simply says the plain of Tabor.
Something about the tree made it stand out as much as the three men he would meet and what they would be carrying. The Lord through Samuel left nothing to chance, nor to Saul’s ability to interpret things. The Lord made everything plain and Saul simply had to recognize the signs and then act accordingly.
Likewise, obeying the Lord does not have to be difficult for us, but with pure hearts filled with the motivation of pleasing the Lord, we can follow Him easily.

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Don Ruhl

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