Saul begins to rule.
Watch what he does…
Saul was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty two years over Israel.
Now Saul chose for himself 3,000 men of Israel, of which 2,000 were with Saul in Michmash and in the hill country of Bethel, while 1,000 were with Jonathan at Gibeah of Benjamin.
But he sent away the rest of the people, each to his tent.
Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. Then Saul blew the trumpet throughout the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.”
All Israel heard the news that Saul had smitten the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become odious to the Philistines.
The people were then summoned to Saul at Gilgal.
Saul was thirty years old when he began to reign.
He reigned over Israel forty two years.
Important numbers to keep in mind later.
Saul did what the Lord had warned the people about.
He took their sons as soldiers.
That is what kings do.
The people wanted a king to “fight our battles”.
They got one.
One who “fought their battles” with their sons as fodder.
He chose 3,000.
I assume the best.
Jonathan, Saul’s son, smote the Philistines in Geba.
The “hornet’s nest” had been whacked.
Saul now calls for the people to gather at Gilgal.
The Word of the Lord being fulfilled.
Why would we think otherwise?