March 29

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 13 – 14:45

In today’s reading: Israel battles with the Philistines early in the reign of Saul. Saul’s son Jonathan proves to be more courageous than his father: “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6). Saul unlawfully offers a sacrifice before battle and for this Samuel says his kingdom will not continue. Saul’s weakness is also seen when Jonathan unknowingly disobeys a vow Saul had made and the king is unable to punish him because of the popular support for Jonathan.

Perhaps most significant in today’s reading is the pronouncement that Saul will ultimately be rejected as King. Saul disobeyed the the law by presumptuously offering a sacrifice (not being a priest). According to 1 Samuel 13:12 he said he didn’t want to go into battle without seeking the Lord’s blessing and he “felt compelled” to make an offering to God, but ultimately it was disobedience. What should we learn from this case?


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4 Responses to March 29

  1. Sandy Steinman

    When challenged by Samuel about his disobedience Saul was ready with reasons and excuses but Samuel was not looking for reasons or excuses. There were no valid reasons or excuses. All Samuel wanted to hear was confession and repentance and that is exactly what God wants to hear from us when we sin.

  2. Mary K

    Sacrifices were not empty rituals. God is looking ahead to when a perfect sacrifice would be offered for our sins. To think that anyone can offer anything and it would be acceptable attempts to neutralize the very important message God wants us to learn about holy sacrifice. Saul didn’t get this. It’s no wonder he became an unsuitable leader for God’s people.

  3. Jimmy

    How many times have we seen as we have been reading the Bible Story this year that God is concerned that His people do things as he has commanded? I believe one of the beauties of the new covenant is that it is our acceptance is not based on works – be perfect or else; but we should always have a desire to obey God and to be unconcerned about that is a lack of faith.

  4. Andrew

    Good intentions won’t get you far if the methods you employ to reach a desired end are improper. Saul seemed to have intended good from a man’s perspective. He was seeking God’s instruction. Yet he threw out all the rules and acted as he desired. He set a poor example for the rest of the people in this case.

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