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The Book of Joshua - BibleAfter Yehoshua successfully conquered Canaan he turned control of B nai Yisroel over to a series of Judges These judges operated one after another in very similar patterns The Shofet would convince the Jews to do Tshuvah and then he would conquer the enemies of Israel Shmuel the son of Chanah was perhaps he greatest of these judges He accepted his mission without a fight and he always did the bidding of Hashem Unfortunately Shmuel was an anachronism for his time B nai Yisroel wanted to be more like the other nations and they demanded a king Although he felt rejected Shmuel complied with the people s and God s wishes and anointed Shaul as the first king of Israel Even though Shaul had many positive aspects to his reign he is more remembered for scandal and chaos Eventually Shaul committed suicide on the battle field officially ushering in the Davidic reign The question must then be raised as to what Shaul s role actually was Furthermore we must investigate into Hashem s motives for choosing Shaul and into the overall purpose which Shaul served Throughout history many kings have spent their entire reigns protecting their country s from invasion Furthermore most kings have been obsessed in preserving their kingship for the future generations Shaul was no exception However Shaul was from the tribe of Binyomin and when Yaacov blessed his sons he clearly gave malchot to Yehudah As it says in Bereishis The scepter shall not depart from Yehudah 4910 How then could Shaul have become the king An even more pressing question however is how could Shaul ever have thought that his sons would continue to occupy his throne In fact it seems that Shmuel was actually leading Shaul on to believe that impossibility When Shaul failed to wait for Shmuel in order to sacrifice to Hashem Shmuel rebukes him by saying You have done foolishly and you
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