One of the things that I think gets lost, in our attemps at piety, is that the bible can actually be pretty funny. Consider the following:
When Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. 21 Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was chosen. Finally Saul son of Kish was chosen. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22 So they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?”
And the LORD said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.”
23 They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. 24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the LORD has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.”
Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!”
This guy is going to be king of God’s chosen people… And he can’t even get it together for his first public appearance. He’s hiding in the suitcases!
And Samuel, God’s spokesperson, the best leadership quality he can summon up about Saul is that he’s… big?
I can only imagine how this would go down in our day and age: Ooops. Sorry everybody. Your new president is hanging out in the bathrooms because he’s too nervous to take the stage… Wait a minute, here he comes. And what a fine president he’ll be. Check out his qualifications: he’s nearly seven feet tall!
This all fits into a broader and serious context. That context is that Israelis wanted a human king which God new was a dumb idea. But within this very serious context, I think that this passage is pretty funny stuff.