Daily Tanach, Monday: Shmuel 1-Chapter 9 Part 2: Shmuel and Shaul finally meet:

* The article below is an excerpt from the above Sefer

1.      Shmuel and Shaul finally meet:

  • Shmuel saw Shaul approaching and G-d said to him “Here is the man that I spoke to you about that will be appointed leader of My nation.” Shaul approached Shmuel by the gate of the city, and he asked him “Please tell me where the house of the seer is.”
  • Shmuel invites Shaul to eat with him and relates to him that the mules were found: Shmuel replied to Shaul saying “I am the seer that you were looking for. Come up with me to the altar and let us eat together today. I will send you off in the morning and will tell you all that is on your heart. Now, regarding the mules that have already become lost to you for three days, do not pay any attention to them anymore, as they have been found. To whom belongs all the glory [i.e. fields, orchards[1], and kingship[2]] of Israel if not to you and your father’s household.”
  • Shaul is taken aback by Shmuel’s description of him: Shaul replied saying: “Am I not the son of a Yemini, who is the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the youngest from all the families of the tribe of Benjamin! Why then do you speak to me in such a way?”

2.      Shmuel and Shaul dine together:

  • Shaul is given a special portion of meat to eat: Shmuel took Shaul and his lad and brought them to his office. He sat them at the head of the table, before all the dignitaries who were invited to the meal, which was about 30 people. Shmuel instructed the cook to give him the portion of meat that he had handed him [the day before[3]] and had him guard. So, the cook took the thigh and the leg and he placed it before Shaul, and Shmuel told him “Behold, this leftover meat of the offerings I place before you to eat, as it was guarded on your behalf for this time, as I’m the one who invited the guests [and know how many portions each one must receive[4]].”
  • So Shaul ate with Shmuel on that day.
  • Shmuel and Shaul descended from the altar and went to the city to the roof of Shmuel’s house. He spoke with Shaul while on the roof [about matters of fear of heaven[5]].

3.      Shmuel teaches Shaul the word of G-d:

  • They woke up, and towards the morning Shmuel called Shaul from the roof telling him to get up so he can be sent out. So Shaul got up and him and Shmuel went outside. They descended to the end of the city and Shmuel said to Shaul: “Tell the lad that he should pass in front of us, in order so you can stay alone today with me and I will teach you the word of G-d.”

[1] Pirush Rav Yosef Karo 9:20

[2] Rashi 9:20

[3] Pirush Rav Yosef Karo 9:23

[4] See Rashi and other Mefarshim on 9:24

[5] Rashi 9:25

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