1 Samuel Chapter 15

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1 Samuel 15

1Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.

2Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

3Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

4And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.

5And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

6And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.

7And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.

8And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

9But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

10Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,

11It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

12And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.

13And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.

14And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

15And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.

16Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.

17And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

18And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

19Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

20And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

24And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

25Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.

26And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

27And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.

28And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

29And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

30Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.

31So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.

32Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.

33And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.

34Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.

35And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

40 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 15

  1. v23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
    Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    GOD’S WORD and WORK is more important
    We are to fear the LORD and not man.
    King Saul made plenty of excuses for deliberately ignoring the LORD’S instructions.

    ONLY OBEDIENCE WILL DO!

    Partial obedience is actually disobedience in GOD’s eyes and it’s still called rebellion.
    No sin is worth being outside GOD’S will.

    Excuses and justification won’t sway GOD.
    HE does not alter HIS WILL to accommodate human desires or common sense. But
    our Great GOD looks for and takes delight in a faithful servant.
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  2. Which voice will you listen to?

    24And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

    God gave Saul a specific order, he left nothing to be interpreted. Saul disobeyed and completed ignored what God said. The prophet had to play clean up because of Saul’s disobedience. Whenever we get instructions for God, it is important to obey every word. By ignoring what thus said the Lord and following the people, you can get yourself into some serious trouble. Before anyone decides to listen to any voice beides the voice of the Lord, plesae weigh your decision. Remember who delivered you and brought you out of your sin, blessed you and gave you peace within. The people will never be able to do what God can do. I choose to listen to the voice of God.

  3. iL O V E to eat the W O R D of the L I V I N G God for Breakfast

    LEADERSHIP 101

    …for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.

    Many people, I am sure, have tried to sway our Pastor’s ideas, beliefs, and convictions…

    Example: “Why do you worship like that…Is all that necessary…Can you tone it down alittle…(and the worst is) You’re going to do this or else…”

    FIRST OF ALL

    Our Pastor cannot (someone say can not) listen to the people in a way that would cause him to rebel against the Word of the Lord…for if he did God would reject him (God forbid). The man of God must always refuse to listen to the negitive voice of the people…

    (sorry, outta time this morning)

  4. 22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

    23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    This portion of scripture has always been in my mind. I remember as a child my mom would say “obedience is better to sacrifice.” The Lord enjoys our sacrifice but He is looking for obedience.

  5. The story of Saul is so sad. A man that had such potential, a mighty man that stood head and shoulder above the rest. Yet he gave it all up to the point that he thought he was obeying God, and even argued the fact with Samuel. However, Samuel knew better. It is really bad when someone has done so wrong that it would make God himself repent, for He wants only to bless us, but we must be obedient to his word.

  6. Half obedience is no obedience!!!

    3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

    God’s instructions were detailed, listed everything and the order that He wanted it done. It is important that when God is speaking to our hearts we have a note book, pen, or/and paper, take notes, write things down, may you not miss any of the instructions and lose your charge.

    9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

    We sometimes do the same by rationalizing things, like: well no one is going to see me do this; it will only be once it can’t hurt anything; oh but Jesus walked with sinners, He ate with them; it’s ok it won’t hurt me I make sure I go to church & repent. I think Isaiah said it best in Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

    20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

    It is obvious that Saul was not in constant communication with God. How do I dare say such a statement? How else would you explain the fact that he can not recognize which voice he is listening to? In 1 John 4:1-6 explains it best:

    1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

    3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

    4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

    6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

    So it is the Holy Ghost that grants us discernment, it is not enough just to pray but Pray IN THE HOLY GHOST.

    23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    Saul still doesn’t get it & tries to convince Samuel that he is not guilty, when you sin repent immediately stop rationalizing things by pointing out all the things you do right that was not what God was interested in HE WANTED TOTAL SUBMISSION & OBEDIENCE!!!

    28And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

    Because of his pride, because he still debated whether God was doing the right thing, because he put his righteousness above God’s, he lost his charge. Sure he repented, sure he went back and worship God, but lost his kingdom none the less. Saul was thinking, I repented, I worship so things are good now. You notice that because he still unbelieving that David was going to be the next king that is why he hunted him down all the time.

    Be cautious, pay attention to His command, take notes so you won’t miss a step, and above all PRAY IN THE HOLY GHOST, so you may have discernment of the spirits that are prophesying in your life.

  7. v15 NKJ And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”

    It is not enough to rid “most” of the sin from our life. We have to be willing to let God destroy “all sin” from our life.
    Again, Saul tries to justify his sin not only by blaming others but by saying that they only spared what could be used for sacrifice.

    Interesting that in this verse Saul called God Samuel’s God. Was Saul already feeling his own separation from God due to his sin.

  8. 22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
    23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    OBEDIENCE and SUBMISSION. We must listen to the word and do it. I would hate to know that i would cause God to repent for placing me to do a task, and my pride and stubbornness got in the way.

  9. All Or Nothing

    “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hos 6:6)

    “To love him with All your heart …is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mk 12:33)

    If God states what he wants so clearly is our HEARTS. We can “play” at religious ativity. We can go through the “appropriate” religious motions, offering sacrifices, singing the right songs, bringing burnt offerings, attending the right services. But none of it means anything unless our Hearts are tuned to God, offering him more than our gestures, offering Him our obedience and love, and lets be honest its way harder to do than just tossing cash in the basket, which show it externally- and is right…but God wants to live All inside of us. I pray that the Lord search me for any area where I may be offering sacrifice instead of obedience to the Lord.

  10. THE PRICE OF DISOBEDIENCE

    22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
    23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    The price of disobedience is unknown, because it always cost more than you thought. Disobedience at the moment appears to be a deal. However disobedience has hidden costs.

    Witchcraft and idolatry, these the 2 most popular forms of sin in the church.

    Rebellion – 1: opposition to one in authority or dominance
    2 : open, armed, and usually unsuccessful defiance of or resistance to an established government

    Stubbornness – unreasonably or perversely unyielding : mulish: resolute

    How often do we cast off warnings of concern from a Loving, Caring Pastor? How often do we resist the nudge of GOD to pray, witness, or give? How often do we partially complete a task?

    These questions and many others do not seem to have much cost associated with them; however as we learn from Saul THE PRICE OF DISOBEDIENCE is unknown, because the heartaches and hard times are not calculated.

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  11. In this chapter there is a lot of rebellion going on…such as in scripture 23.
    23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
    Both rebellion and witchcraft are forms of apostasy, the one being denial of God’s commands, and the other recognition of the supernatural (the untold) powers distance from God.
    Also in Vs. 24 where Saul has sinned, Saul’s intentions were not good he still continued to blame the people. His main concern was to compete against Samuel for fear of the breach that might take away his count of votes from the public which will weaken his authority. Saul’s mistake was in was fearing the people and not God. He took their command to heart instead of God’s.
    Lord I ask you to please keep me at your word and teach me to obey your commands in the Holy Ghost.
    IWork for You God and You only God!!!!

  12. When the Lord calls us to a higher calling and we are falling down(drowning )in sin God regrets that he calls us when He sees what we are doing.
    I repent Lord so you can use me my sweet Jesus.
    I dont ever want God to regret using me.

  13. 17. And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

    When we see ourselves as too big in our own eyes, God doesn’t seem as big to us as He should. We start thinking we can do things on our own or that we know more than the man of God. When we get too much pride, we put ourselves in a place where God can no longer use us. He will move us out of the way and use someone else.

    28. And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

    Romans 12:3
    For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
    but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

  14. 11It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

    My prayer is I want to do what God sends me to do, I don’t want God to have repenteth over me for not doing what he has sent me out to do.

    23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
    and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
    So because you have rejected the command of the LORD,
    he has rejected you as king.” NLT

    Rebellion takes you out from under your covering with your pastor.
    I want to do what is right and don’t want my stubbornness to be in the way.

    I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
    1 Cor. 15:31 KJV

  15. V.9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them:… Stop making Excuses, and take responsibility and finish the job! Side tracked by what looked appealing to the eye. Never considered the cost of lust, rebellion, and not obeying the man of God. The wages of sin is death. Truly it isn’t as. many would say and think “once saved always saved.”Scripture says …but he That endureth to the end shall be saved. V.22 Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and hearken.

    • Than the fat of rams. V.23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. This literally destroyed Saul not only physically but spiritually.

  16. it is better to obey then to sacrifice God told saul to kill everything not to bring it back a for any reson good or bad you may say its to sacrifice but GOD nose the intint of the heart and to rebel is like being a witch and worshiping satin! WOW JUST HIT ME .we were just trying to go above and beond what GOD has told use BUTT THROW OR DISSOBEYING GOD WE WERE PRACTASING WITCHCRAFT and all the time he wonts use to stand leson and obey

  17. Vs 30 Saul’s pride rose up in this verse. Rather than repent before God and Samuel, his pride said honor me (in my sin) because the elders of my people and Israel are watching.

    Saul deceived his own self into thinking he had done as God commanded and even when the man of God told him he had rebelled, he still wanted to be blessed and honored.

  18. 15:3 Now go,attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belong to them;put to death men and women children and infants cattle and ship camels and donkeys.
    13:9But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle,the fat calves and lambs -everything that was good.These they were unwilling to destroy completely but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
    13:14 But Samuel said,”What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears?what is this lowing of cattle that I hear?

    God wantsus to be “FULLY ANGAGED”
    With him,not just halve way,we want his FULL will in our lives right? Or only a bit…
    God does not need or want my help,or my ideas or my suggestions,GOD WANTS MY OBEDIENCE !

  19. I love to eat the word for lunch

    13And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.

    PRIDE=BLINDNESS

    Folks who walk in pride cannot even see that their actions are wrong… That’s why when the pastor preaches everyone says amen but those who walk in pride cannot see that God is really trying to speak to them. “oh, that’s for such and such, not me…”

    PRIDE

  20. Be Ye Separate and Holy!

    9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

    We can’t pick and choose what idols we are going to get rid of in our lives or what commandments we’ll follow. For example ….. its a clean tv show or clean movie, it doesn’t have any ” scenes” or bad words, its good music I like the way they sing, they’ve got talent, its all in lyrics and they’re not bad its about good stuff or they changed the lyrics to that song its talking about Jesus now, or we are not celebrating that holiday bc of those old reasons we put up a Christmas tree bc …… We celebrate Easter bc ….. We celebrate Valentine’s bc ….. You may be asking … What’s the harm? ….It’s not a sin?…. Or you may say It’s not a “big” sin. Now ask yourself this question where was that tv show, movie, music, singer, or holiday inspired from?
    Our excuses are endless to justify why we pick and choose what idols we are going to get rid of in our lives and what commandments we’ll follow. Reality needs to set in that those influences are inspired from SATAN THE LIAR himself the god of this world. Do you remember him? You know the old leader musician of heaven. The Lord said for us to COME OUT from among them. Who is them? The world, Satan’s influences and it’s system, traditions and ways of life. We are to be separate which means set apart another words don’t be like, act like, think like or talk like the world. And we are not to touch the unclean. That means do not have any contact through eyes, ears, and hands etc. And why you might ask, do we have to do this? Is this really necessary? I mean this is really too much. People around us are going to start thinking we are strange ….. Well the answer is simple so God will receive us. He is not in the business of mixing light and darkness. And let the world thing we’re strange in real harm comes when your brother or sister in Christ begins to think critically against your obedience to the Word of God. Let’s examine ours lives through the Word of God, prayer and with fasting. Open up your most secret areas of your heart to God and let Him speak to you about some things

    1 Cor 6:14-18
    14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
    15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
    16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
    17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
    18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

  21. 24 Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the Lord’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.

    That little voice in our mind, that stirs up trouble each and every day. Which voice should I listen too. The fleshly voice or the voice of God. The daily pressures we encounter can easily lead to choosing the fleshly voice. By listening to our flesh, we loose our blessings from the Lord.

    Proverbs 81: 11-12 11But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

    12So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

  22. Anthony Winkler:
    —- Instead of sacrifice God would rather have you obey,cause of you can not obey;What good is a sacrifice?

    Max Winkler:
    —— Follow God’s directions
    “Don’t put a little bit of his word,and a little
    Bit of yours”
    And do HIS word.
    (Ashley fell was taking a nap)
    THANFUL!!!!

  23. God honors our sacrafices but His word clearly states obedience is better. I see like this if we obey God in all that we do surely some if not all is a sacrafice and God knows………

  24. iL o v e to eat the Word for Supper

    PRIDE

    30Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.

    He cares about his image more than true honor.

    By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. (Proverbs 22:4 KJV)

    Saul didn’t exercise the scripture, but wanted the blessing of the scripture…

    PRIDE

    His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. (Job 41:15 KJV)

  25. Disobedience led to being stripped of the anointing. Saul held on to the good stuff for himself. He was greedy and searches after his own lusts. God told him to destroy everything and he didn’t. This relates to when we ask God to move us and change us and we start out fallowing what he says but somewhere in the middle of it all the world detracts us and entertains the thoughts of what if God didn’t say that. The enemy has a way of seeking in and making us question what God has said. Just like in the Garden with Eve. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Genesis 3:1 KJV)

  26. Saul did what he wanted to do with no regard for what the Lord commanded him to do, and then when faced with the results, he blamed the people, when in actuality the people were following his command.

    He later asked Samuel to pardon his disobedience, but Samuel’s reply was no. This is how many people live their life today. They forget or look past the commandments of the Lord, pleasing self and flesh, expecting God to forgive them in grace. His grace is all sufficient but not at our ignorance.

    James 4:17
    Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

  27. 23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

  28. Obediance

    22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

    23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    If we would just do what God tells us He will be more pleased than if we try to do things ourselves and mess things up. “Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?” OBEY HIS VOICE! It will always take you to the right place. I once read “Don’t let the path you travel with your heart contradict the path you take with your feet.” When we want the heart of God and we long to please Him, we will always follow the path He has for our feet. Don’t make your own path, follow Him.

    Choices

    35And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

    Our choices can make God be sorry that he puts in high places. When we listen to Him, He will give us more than we ever thought. It is when we “become influenced” by the things around us: when we listen to others, when we don’t follow God’s word, when we have a lack of faith that God becomes greived.

  29. chapter 15
    in is chapter we have the final rejection of saul from geing king for disobedience to GOD’S command in not utterly destoying the amalekites.By his wars and victories he hoped to magnify and perpetuate his own nane and honour, but ;by his mismanagmant of them ,he ruined himself.

  30. I saw several points, seeming to circle around the necessity of embracing and living by God’s truth:

    9But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

    Some old things we try to hold onto and even turn them into “something for God” just so we don’t have to give it up. But the fact remains, if God says “give it up” we must get rid of it.

    19Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

    This reminds me of a Veggie Tales song “if it doesn’t have a tail it’s not a monkey, it’s an ape” where Larry took it too far and seemingly *anything* without a tail was classified as an ape (etc.) Saul seems to present his disobedience at first as something ok, even good or honorable and not simply justifiable. Sometimes we want to call something one thing but the truth of the matter is that it’s something else. We must be willing to receive truth and correction when it comes, especially if we’ve already messed up and gotten ourself in trouble.

    25Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

    This reminded me of: The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind? (Proverbs 21:27 KJV)

    Saul’s attitude did not seem to be one of heart-felt repentance, yet he wanted to go through the motions. We must not be deceived, God desires our heart and He is not happy with an empty outward show with no heart.

    30Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.

    This passage is revealing, talking about “Saul’s Israel” (or is it “Israel’s Saul”?) and “Samuel’s God.” This split seems to sum up so much of the sin that has cropped up in Israel’s story at that point in history. The perspective was off and it reflected the spiritual poverty of the people in general.

    We must have right spiritual vision and desire, otherwise we are opening the door and inviting deception in to come dine with us at the table of sin.

    Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. (Proverbs 9:17 KJV)

    Taking what we’ve been told not to and sneeking around, partaking of what we know is wrong, may seem nice for a season but eventually the veils of lies and deception will be torn and cast down, whether now or at final judgement. It’s not worth it to play around with sin.

    There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12 KJV)

  31. This chapter illustrates price. Saul paid a high price for his disobedience, God forbid that anyone one would think the Lord looks any differently at disobedience today. We must all look within and repent while we can, for there will also be a time when we no longer can make it right and therefore we also will pay a price. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  32. 28And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.
    We see here in this passage that no matter what choices people make and how many fall out of the will of God there is always a chosen vessel that God has available to use. God was raising up David and preparing him to take over were Saul left off.

  33. This chapter reminds me of our memory verse in our Sunday School class.

    James 1:22-24 reads….”But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

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