Saul the Benjamite

Who is Saul the Benjamite?

There were two biblical individuals that were known by this name;

The first was Saul the son of Kish. A king from the time of David:

1 Samuel 9:21
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Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?”

This Saul has inflicted King David greatly and spent his life time persecuting him until his death.

The Second Saul:

Philippians 3:5
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circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;

This Saul began his life as a Roman Jewish pharisee who took it on board to persecute the church and only stopped when Jesus Christ appeared to him after He resurrected and ascended to Heaven, to witness the truth to him and command him to stop his persecution. This of course led Saul into his new destiny, thus

changing his name to Paul. This man became eventually an apostle of Jesus writing the 2 thirds of the New Testament.

 

It is too much of a coincidence to find the descendant of David being persecuted by the descendant of Saul.  It’s like this same Saul who, spiritually speaking, took it on board to sharpen the spirituality of King David and cause him to walk very closely to God,  came back through his descendant (Paul) to sharpen the edge of the church, and lead her to spiritual growth; both through persecution to begin with, then through revelations.

Saul the Name:

http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Saul.html#.WQ59DfQrLrc

Meaning of the name Paul

Ref: https://www.gotquestions.org/Saul-Paul.html

https://www.behindthename.com/name/paul

Why the Change of Name?

Names in the bible mean something, and the meaning they carry is not arbitrary. To begin with, Saul the son of Kish was an independant soul with an inquizitive and creative mind which led him to neglect obeying God’s commend as he should have. He was trying to be creative and didn’t think it to be rebellious to add some of his common sense to the command.

1 Samuel 15Contemporary English Version 

This natural disposition of independancy of Saul led him to sin against God.

Perhaps due to the fact that Saul wasn’t part of Jesus ministry, Jesus didn’t prophesy to him on who he will become.

 

 

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