1 Samuel Chapter 13

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1 Samuel 13

1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,

2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.

3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.

4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal.

5 And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.

6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.

7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.

10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.

11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were present with him, about six hundred men.

16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.

17 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:

18 And another company turned the way to Bethhoron: and another company turned to the way of the border that looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.

19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.

22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.

23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of Michmash.

42 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 13

  1. Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

  2. Verses 13-14 NKJV says “And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” These verses talk about how foolish Saul was when he made the decision to take things/matters into his own hands, rather than obey the command of the Lord, which had already been set. In doing so, Saul brought his own end and was replaced.

  3. 1. Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel…

    19. Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

    Saul never had his men trained to make weapons; he allowed the enemy to dictate his ability to prepare for battle.

    We cannot get comfortable with our abilities as they are now, but we must be ever learning and training ourselves and each other for the battles that are to come. The battles we are facing are not just a matter of life and death, but eternity is at stake.

  4. Patience – Waiting for the Lord’s timing.

    Saul took matters into his own hands and God moved on without him.

    14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded the

    How many times have we delayed or forced God into to changing the course of our lives because we did not wait on His timing? I hope that I never know. I hope the times that I got in the way of God’s plans or took matters into my hands will never be revealed to me. Suffice it to say, it has been too many times to number. When I start thinking about it, I lose count. I rest in the knowledge that God will change His plans to ensure His Kingdom moves forward.

  5. 13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command theLord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

    Hallelujah! Santo!!! Let’s not be foolish and do what “we” want to do but what the Lord appointed us to do. I don’t know how peoole can play around with the things of God and then expect for God do make them great leaders. We first have to obey and submit to His Word and the Lord will be able to trust us. Let us be praying warriors so we can be sensitive to His spirit and do His will. Its time to step up and stop playing church and listen to all the souls that are crying out in this region for a move of God, answered prayers, healings, miracles, a touch from Him, and more. Don’t let our foolishness cost souls their salvation.

  6. “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart. The LORD has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭13‬:‭13-14‬ NLT)

    In The kingdom of GOD we know that there is always a way of doing things in order. If we are going to lead/minister, obedience is key to be successful in all that we do. Obedience is an issue of the heart. So if we are going to lead…then lead. Otherwise get out of the way. The kingdom of GOD is all about souls, to bring people unto Him. Not to lose/destroy His kingdom.

    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. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭15‬:‭22‬ KJV)

  7. 10Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 11but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?”

    Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the LORD’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”

    13“How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14But now your kingdom must end, for the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart. The LORD has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”

    It’s safe to say that not waiting on your man of God to lead you will cost you dearly. Don’t take things into your own hands. Follow the order of things. God always blesses obedience above sacrifice.

  8. 8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

    9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.

    10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.

    11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

    12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

    13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    We must wait upon God.
    We must wait upon the leader God has set before us.
    Samuel had told Saul he would return in seven days. He didn’t.
    The Bible does not tell us why Samuel did not, return at the time he had said. Some would say Samuel didn’t keep his word. Some may say well Samuel did t care.
    Some would say maybe Samuel was playing around somewhere. Evidently what ever Samuel was doing God had no intention for us to know because it is not written in this passage.
    Oh how quick we are to judge those who lead and looking for fault in their leadership. Saul was in charge but Samuel was Sauls authority.
    Saul could have had more blessings if he had just been obedient.
    Waiting is the hardest thing in this life to do sometimes. But we must wait upon God keep His commandments and be in submission to the man of God. Our human nature is to question God and question the expectations or requirements from our Pastor. But oh how many blessings have we missed out on when we go ahead and do what we think should be done. Samuel’s only words to Saul were you have gone against Gods commandments and you could have had more.
    Keeping our eyes on God and not all of the distraction when fear comes upon us !

  9. Obedience

    13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

    God places us where He needs us but if we fail Him and disobey Him, He will take us out of position as He did Saul.

  10. 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

    Because of 1 mistake Saul destroyed his future and his heirs to the throne. He messed up all of the promises that God I had given him. But God warned him very clearly in the previous chapter that Disobedience will not be tolerated. we must watch ourselves to make sure that we are obedient and faithful to work out cause it to do because one mistake could destroy our future.

  11. 2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.

    3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.

  12. PREPARE FOR BATTLE

    22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.

    Preparation is a key component in BATTLE. It is obvious that Saul made no preparations to be victorious in battle. The men of his army had no weapons, only Saul and his son Jonathan. This selfish style of leadership is very dangerous. As leaders we (I) should be looking for people to share our resources for battle with.

    What value is an Army of they are not prepared or equipped for battle. The arrogance of Saul is revealed in the fact that he never equipped Israel to win a battle only himself. Now he is at risk of losing everything.

    As New Testament believers, we do not carry an actual sword. But, our weapons are PRAYER to JESUS and Speaking the WORD of JESUS (Bible).

    Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

    Daily Prayer to JESUS and Daily participation in reading and applying the WORD of GOD are the most productive and fruitful preparation we can access for future victories in battle.

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  13. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” (NLT)

    Saul seemed to have a decent excuse right? Many decisions we end up making seem to right because we settle for “good enough.” But for Saul, the Lord had already spoken and given His commands. Notice the Bible is very good and noting who said what; here in this verse Saul advised himself. He tried to justify his reasoning by saying he was asking for the Lord’s help. Samuel was not pleased with this excuse that made “a little sense.” He reminded Saul that the Lord had already given His command and how his disobedience would be repaid. We would be wise to remember the words of the Lord; He is a faithful God, and He is not a man that He should lie. Trust and believe have become two very important words to me lately. Know that God is in control and talking yourself out of His will or considering the words of others over the words of authorities in your life is not wise and can leave you like Saul.

    13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.
    14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” (NLT)

  14. 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    Saul allowed his position and the anointing of the Lord upon him to go to his head and he began to take matters into his own hands thinking he had a better way.

    As humans we get into so much trouble in this area. God blesses us, or raises us to a place of influence and we think it is all us and we can do, say whatever we want. As we have read in many chapters lately, the people did what was right in their own eyes, and God would take his hand off of them and allow them to be defeated, and it wasn’t until the people turned their heart back to the Lord that He would take over and bring victory.

    If we get caught up in self, and the authority God has given us, God will take His hands off of us and we will have to suffer the consequences for the messes we make.

    If we keep focused, keep submitted, don’t think more of ourselves then who/what we are and allow the Lord to be the Lord of our lives and we will accomplish so much more in a shorter time.

  15. 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

  16. 1 Samuel 13:10-13 (NLT)
    10) Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet him,
    11) but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle.”
    12) So I said, “The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the LORD’s help!” So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offerings myself before you came.”
    13) “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

    We can go back to chapter 10:8 and be reminded of what Samuel told Saul to do.
    “Then go down to Gilgal ahead of me. I will join you there to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. You must wait for seven days until I arrive and give you further instructions.” (NLT)

    Excuses for Acts of Disobedience
    Saul was disobedient in not obeying the command of God or the man of God in his life, and he came up with many excuses for his actions.
    1) He saw his men scattering from him. 2) Samuel didn’t arrive when he said he would. 3) The Philistines were at Micmash ready for battle. 4) He hadn’t asked for the LORD’s help.

    The question is, “How many excuses do I/you come up with for our acts of disobedience to God and the man of God, Pastor, in our life?”
    Let’s stop coming up with excuses and be obedient and work for the kingdom of God.

  17. 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

    Disobedience is a very destructive tool of the enemy. If the devil can deceive lives to disobey the Words of God, He knows they will be rejected by God and ultimately fulfill his plan. I’ve always been a little intrigued by this story because it plays out a life I would rather not live yet many leaders have.

    One moment of disobedience could be the fall of the ministry God is using you in. As a leader our lives should not be lived wondering how many times we can get away with something. Instead we should thrive in obedience. Small acts of obedience in our walk with God give us courage to step out in faith when things seem impossible.

  18. 11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

    12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

    13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    Obedience is better than sacrifice! This passage of scripture is a key example of this principle. If you sacrifice all that you have, ad don’t listen to the voice of God? Then that sacrifice is meaningless. If we don’t align sacrifice with obeying the voice of God, then we are not walking with God. Sacrifice needs to be in accordance with God’s word, and the voice of God. Giving from sacrifical heart should be because we love God and we want to do what he says, no matter how hard it may be for us.

  19. 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

    Saul was warned that disobedience would lead to destruction yet he let his flesh get the best of him and his act of disobedience destroyed a whole kingdom. Just as Saul was warned we too have been warned through the scriptures and through our man of God, yet we still fall into disobedience! We cannot give into our flesh but die daily to our flesh and live only with Christ in us! Lord help us to have a spirit of obedience, to be sensitive to your voice and listen as the men and women of God guide us!!

  20. 22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.

  21. 14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

    Disobedience will cost you

  22. iLove to grow in the Word

    1 Samuel 13:9-10 NLT So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.

    1 Samuel 13:13 NLT “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

    When we do not listen to leadership, it is not the man we are rejecting but it is God in whom we are rejecting. Lord, give us understanding into the truths of your Word.

  23. 1 Samuel 13:11-12 “What have you done?” asked Samuel.Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

    When your not in tuned with what is doing, you get ahead of yourself and do foolish things. Your deceived into thinking that you have gotten away with it before and nothing happen. Woe to us to think that we can usurp the order God has established and think God will be happy. Getting of alignment from authority is what lucy did, he thought in his mind he could do better.

    We need to rebuke the spirit of lucy and repent before the Lord.

  24. Sauls response
    Saul could have set the tone and caled Israel back to faith by his example.instead the stress made him itchy and in direct disobebience to scripture he chooses to do the sacrifice rather than to wait for Samual

  25. “Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears”. The word of God (Jesus) identified that they were disarmed. The Philistines believed they were superior, because they had removed the means of making “swords or spears”. One would be very wise too research our Nation’s history, if one wants too truly understand the significance. Dear God, reveal the reason of our forefather’s actions and the deceptive actions of all those that oppose you and your word, in Jesus name. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  26. “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” The Lord was not interested in Saul’s ability; however he was interested in his heart. The Lord, can and will do great things with willing hearts; whereas the opposite is also unfortunately true. God help us so that our hearts would be right with you, in Jesus name.

  27. 1 Samuel 13:13-14 (NLT)
    13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

    The next verse says that Samuel left. King Saul had a chance to fall down before God, cry out for mercy, sincerely repent, and have a contrite heart. God would have absolutely forgiven him, I believe, in an instant.

    The tragedy is that the bible records no such thing. Saul did not apologize, pray, or fast. He didn’t give himself to the Lord, and cry I have sinned!

    Instead he remained in his human ways of pride, and people pleasing.

    I believe everyone of us need to repent. Repent every chance we get. Continually search our hearts, and remain humble before God.

    Saul’s story would have changed if he truly repented.

  28. 19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

    20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

    21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.

    The philistines made sure there was not a smith in Israel so the Israelites could not make weapons. The Israelites were dependent upon the philistines to sharpen their tools. Isn’t it amazing how the tools we are given are sharpened by the enemy? What the devil means to break us usually only makes us stronger. The trails used to silence our praise make the praise all the more louder and meaningful. We may find ourselves at the hand of the enemy at times, but we are sharpening the very tools we need to defeat them.

  29. Saul acted out of fear and when he saw the Philistine army pressing in he panics and abandons the commands of the Lord. We have to remember that when the enemy comes in like a flood that the Lord will lift up a standard against him (Is 59:19). His act of fear cost him the line of kingship David the “man after Gods own heart” will become. Samuel is the appointed man of God whose place was to offer the burnt offering to the Lord. For Saul to act his position disrespects Samuel, God who gave him that authority, and his own role in kingship. We have to be careful the choices and actions we make based on feelings like how Saul felt “compelled” (vs 12) .

  30. “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.(‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭13:14‬ ‭KJV)

    Samuel was a major prophet in Gods eyes that obey Gods commands and spoke the truth of Gods word, today’s world the hearts are far from God as we speak the people of this world today are alot like Saul acting out in there own flesh and choosing to live the way they want to live. If you abuse your position that God puts you in and God can take it away and give it away to someone us that really wants it and has a heart for him.

  31. Even with a king, it was God who led Israel. The prophet was the voice of God and the King was to submit to him. Saul followed the folly of Lucifer by deciding to assume a position that wasn’t his to take. As it was before him, so it was with him. It led to his fall and his being cut off from establishing a dynasty.

  32. 14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

    If we want to keep growing, we have to follow the commandments of the Lord.

  33. 12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

    13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

    PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR NOT DOING THIS YESTERDAY!

    SAUL DISOBEYED THE LORD! AND TRIED TO PRESENT HIS SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE!

  34. 1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,

    19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

    Saul did not prepare the people for battle. We must always be prepared to battle the enemy. The word is our weapon; the enemy knows this and tries to get us off guard. Never let the enemy catch you unprepared. To many times he has got me with my guard down. Keep your guard up and weapon sharpened.

    Thank you Jesus…..Amen.

  35. 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

    14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

    Many times the test is failed because we do not wait and trust in the word of God and what instructions were given us. It is there that the Lord tires our faithfulness. Will he find faith? It may be interesting to note that as soon as a word and direction from God may be given it will be challenged. And ut may seem as though everything is against you. We see this happened as the people of Israel were coming out of egypt yet as soon as they would reach a crossing point and the enemies behind they would loose heart and faith in God. Have we not seen so much done by the Lord that we may not trust in Him? Imagine if he just would have waited a bit more… Lets not get impatient on God and turst and obey all his Word.

  36. 12So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the LORD’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.

    Why not asked God for help. That’s what happens when fear settles in. Saul was only looking at the size of army that was against him. Instead of being a leader, he decides to lead from the rear. He forgot God would be there to carry them to victory.

  37. “Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself. Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the LORD’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart. The LORD has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭13:8-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    This passage of scripture reminds us that God is always on time. We must not be in such a hurry that we take matters into our own hands. Our attitude must stay humble in knowing that God always has the best in mind for us and there’s nothing that we can do better than God.

  38. 1. Saul was thirty, years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty two years. 2. Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand were with him at Micmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes. Saul was a young king !!!!

  39. “And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭13:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Too many times we act this way and have to be told, what have you done? This seems to be self talk for some. When it becomes self talk then it is more likely that the person saying it will take ownership of their actions and even possibly change what they are doing.

  40. 16“No, I cannot,” he replied. “I am not allowed to eat or drink anything here in this place. 17For the LORD gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’”

    Once you hear from the Lord, keep that commandment. Don’t take anyone else advice, until you hear from the Lord again. But out of respect this unknown prophet listened to the prophet form Bethel. Always be leary when someone is trying to convince you of taking a different road.

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