Jacobs Ladder: Episodes 8 – 9: Saul

DVD Release: July 27, 2004
Jacobs Ladder: Episodes 8 – 9: Saul


Episode 8: A King for the Hebrews—Samuel has been a faithful prophet and judge of Israel for many years, but the people are increasingly dissatisfied. Attacks from surrounding nations have fed their desire for a king to lead them. Will the fledgling nation ever learn to trust in God alone and thank him for all He’s given them? Episode 9: Saul Takes Charge—Since the shy farmer, Saul, has become the king of Israel, his family has noticed some changes. His newfound power and status leave him little time to consult with God, and there’s no telling who will be the next target of his suspicions and anger. How far should we follow if our leaders take a wrong turn? This and other lessons come through in this story.

Dove Review

Episode 8, “A King for the Hebrews,” and episode 9, “Saul Takes Charge,” in the series Jacob’s Ladder focus on Israel’s desire for a king, and the anointing of that king by the prophet Samuel.

In episode 8, Samuel warns the Hebrews against selecting a king, but they insist and God decides to give them a king in a man named Saul. In episode 9, Saul begins to enjoy the power and glory of being king so much that he stops seeking God. By the end of the episode, Saul’s son Jonathan weeps for the hardened heart of his father, and Samuel tells Saul that his time as king won’t last much longer.

We are pleased to award our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages to this film. Go back in time with the youth and live when King Saul and the prophet Samuel lived!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband and wife kiss on the cheek.
Language: None
Violence: A few fights; man with knife intends to harm someone but is stopped; the talk of people attacking.
Drugs: Some drinking of wine.
Nudity: None
Other: Tension between father and son and other characters as well; son weeps for the hardness of his father's heart.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: Billy Engel
Director: Billy Engel
Producer: Billy Engel
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter