1. Saul arose as a result of popular demand for a king despite repeated, prophetic warnings about the tragic consequences that would surely ensue.
2. There was a Samuel on the scene, a prophet who routinely heard the voice of God directing his steps. He was on the scene before Saul and at least had the ear of the people, if not the assent.
3. Saul was a commanding, physical presence with drop-dead appearance. The author of I Samuel doesn’t give us much to go on concerning his personality, so I’m not sure if he was a charming guy or not. But he was certainly noticeable for his looks and his stature.
4. God, at times, will allow us to do our own thing knowing consequences will occur and people will get hurt. God intends to use the consequences of our disobedience to bring us back to Him. This is the redemptive curse at work. (Thanks to DM for this insight.) Can you think of more interesting aspects of the setting here?