March 30

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 14:46 – 1 Samuel 15

Highlights – The end of chapter 14 describes Saul’s military endeavors against the Philistines and also tells about his family.  In Chapter 15 God tells Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites. He does defeat the Amalekites but allows king Agag to live as well as some of the best sheep and oxen. God tells Samuel about Saul’s disobedience and Samuel confronts Saul and informs him a second time that he is being rejected as King.

Comparing 15:3 and 15:9 we see it was a simple case of disobedience.  What was the real problem with Saul?   What is hinted at in 15:12, 15:17, 15:30?


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6 Responses to March 30

  1. Sandy Steinman

    It has become obvious that Saul is not the same humble man who once hid among the baggage. His kingship and his victories and the prestige of the throne have removed all humility from his heart. He had become zealous for his own honor with very little regard for God’s wants. His only real concern was his honor and power with Israel.

  2. Mary K

    I am touched at how Samuel mourned the loss of Saul.

  3. Jimmy

    There was once a time when he was “little in His own eyes”. Evidently that had changed. Ive always wondered what is the significance of his pleading with Samuel saying, “honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel”?

    • Andrew

      To me it seemed like he was still concerned for his own standing, for how he’d look to the nation. At least that is what I see when looking at that statement. He certainly lost his humility.

  4. When Samuel questioned Saul about the oath he had made to God, and about the sheep, and King Agag he had brought back from the plunder, it was as if Saul was oblivious to what he had done wrong. It was as if, sin had blinded him. I did find the exchange of dialogue a little amusing. “ 13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.”
    14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?” It was as if, Samuel was making fun of Saul in directing him to the exact thing that he had done wrong in the eyes of God.
    15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”
    Now, Saul not wanting to own up to his wrong doing blamed the soldiers even though he was the one in charge, and the soldiers were only doing what he allowed them to do. He didn’t want to look at the man in the mirror. Then he tried to make it all appear to be alright, by his own selfish reasoning of the cattle being sacrificed to the Lord. But maybe Saul had a lapse in memory here. God said, annihilate them all! Well, he did not forget, I think self-righteousness and arrogance had gotten the best of him.
    Yet, I wonder why Saul said, “ to the Lord your God and not the Lord our God?” After speaking with Samuel it was as if, Saul had already removed himself psychologically from God, without being aware of it. This is often what sin does to all of us. It separates us from God in our minds, attitude, feelings, devotion, and most of all our commitment. It even separates us from each other and blocks the feeling of love that God gives us to encourage and inspire one another. The part of the scripture that touched me, is below.
    22 But Samuel replied:
    “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
    as much as in obeying the LORD?
    To obey is better than sacrifice,
    and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
    23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
    and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
    Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
    he has rejected you as king.”
    The dialogue Samuel had with Saul, is a reminder of what is most important to God, and to show us from Saul’s experience a clear picture of disobedience and God’s wrath. God’s delight is when we obey and heed the warnings of the bible. It is the love we have for one another, it is the humility of our hearts and minds when dealing with each other on a daily bases. Also, having a faith that we live every day and not allowing ourselves to get too distracted by the ways of this world. Saul got distracted by his own selfish interest and importance, and neglected God’s direct instructions.

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