1 Samuel Chapter 15

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1 Samuel 15

1 Samuel 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.

2 Thus 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.

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.

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

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

6 And 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.

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

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

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.

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

11 It 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.

12 And 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.

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

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

15 And 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.

16 Then 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.

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?

18 And 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.

19 Wherefore 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?

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.

21 But 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.

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.

24 And 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.

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

26 And 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.

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

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.

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

30 Then 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.

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

32 Then 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.

33 And 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.

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

35 And 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.

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36 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 15

  1. Be sure that your sin will tell on you.

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

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

    Saul held to the perception that “he obeyed the voice of God.” He was living deceived by the idea of giving a sacrifice to God. Yet the sacrifice here was not the sheep and oxen it would have been obedience.

    It would have been a more acceptable sacrifice for him to see the sheep and oxen and destroy it with everything else. Than to do what he did.

    Obedience is sometimes hard because we do not see the big picture of it all but it’s always right and more than anything I want to be right in Hods eyes.

  2. Verses 22-23 MSG “Then Samuel said,

    Do you think all God wants are sacrifices—
    empty rituals just for show?
    He wants you to listen to him!
    Plain listening is the thing,
    not staging a lavish religious production.
    Not doing what God tells you
    is far worse than fooling around in the occult.
    Getting self-important around God
    is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors.
    Because you said No to God’s command,
    he says No to your kingship.”

    Same verses in the AMP “Samuel said,

    “Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
    As in obedience to the voice of the Lord?
    Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
    And to heed [is better] than the fat of rams.
    “For rebellion is as [serious as] the sin of divination (fortune-telling),
    And disobedience is as [serious as] false religion and idolatry.
    Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
    He also has rejected [d]you as king.”

    It sounds so simple, yet we struggle daily with these “listening and obedience”. JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

  3. This chapter shows the importance of obedience. When you try to dp things your way instead of God’s way, it will always end up bad. When God gives us instructions, he doesn’t just speak so he can hear himself, he has a purpose and a plan for your life. It is vital to our salvation to heed the voice of God. If you’re not listening to God’s voice, then you’re listening to the enemy.

  4. 8 He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. 9Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.

    King Saul saw fit to keep cattle & sheep for themselves. He also sparred the life of King Agag, but why? To show mercy on him, to show other nations the glory of his triumph? Bottom line is he did not fully obey the Lord, he only partially obeyed the Lord. King Saul wanted to believe in his mind he had obeyed the Lord fully.

    But obeying the Lord partially is complete disobedience! The men of Saul only destroyed what suited them, passing judgement on what was good or bad for the keeping. We must obey the Lord completely, or we allow sin to remain.

  5. 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

  6. What’s your excuse?

    But the people, but the people…

    Saul was told plainly kill all. Not to spare that which he thought was the best; including the king. Then when asked if he obeyed to lie to the man of God and oh yea, everything you asked. Then when confronted with the evidence of his sin; “it was the people”. The people Saul took with him to kill the Amalekites were not his peers; they were his subjects. However, he was fearful of them – or at least that is how he described the relationship. Verse 9 states “But Saul and the people”.

    Are we as leaders too fearful of peers or our subjects to do what God has commanded us to do? Would we rather tickle our fancy and be popular with the crowd at the expense of – as verse 35 states: “the Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.” I pray that each of has the strength and faith in God that we stand for what is right and do what we know.

  7. “And Samuel said, “Has 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 listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭15:22-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  8. 1 Samuel 15:22, “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 sacrifices, and to hearken than he fat of rams.”

    Obey and Listen to God and to the man of God (Pastor) in your life.

  9. DO NOT FOLLOW THE DISOBEDIENT, STUBBORN, REBELLIOUS

    19 Wherefore 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?
    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.
    21 But 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.
    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.
    24 And 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.
    25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord.
    26 And 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.

    Saul apparently perceived Samuel to be deaf, blind and ignorant. For some people it is deadly what a little position, power or provision will do to them. Caution is thrown to the wind, submission is a thing of the past and obedience is a far fetched dream.

    Deception is so sly that it makes one believe they are right and everyone else is wrong. Saul defended his position as being right with GOD. However the evidence was all against him. Saul was a leader chosen by the people, accepted by GOD. How much better to be a leader chosen by GOD and accepted by the people.

    The people followed Saul and were blamed for his selfish disobedience and rebellion. However Samuel refused to follow Saul, knowing his willful actions. Leaders Lead and that means we follow JESUS and not “the people”. When Leaders follow people they cease to be Spiritual Leaders. Follow JESUS and others will follow you.

    JESUS iPray we keep our eyes on you! Following your commandments, statutes and will.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
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  10. 1 Samuel 15: 20 But I did obey the Lord Saul said. I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their k8ng. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder the best of what was devoted to God in order to sacrifice them to the Lord Our God at Gilgal. 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. 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.

  11. 35 And 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.

    When the Lord repents.

    Wow! Disobedience will take you further away from God than anything else. Take care of yourself to not disobey God or the man of God. For he watches out for your soul.

  12. Disobedience

    19 Wherefore 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?

    Saul loses his kingdom because of disobedience. We can lose eternity in His Kingdom because of the same sin.

    11 It 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.

    When we do not follow His commandments we sin of disobedience and lose eternity in His Kingdom!!!! May the Lord help me to always be obedient to His word. In Jesus Name Amen

  13. “Then Samuel went home to Ramah, and Saul returned to his house at Gibeah of Saul. Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the LORD was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭15:34-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Everything we do good or evil affects those around us. It’s not just us alone but family, friends and community. 

  14. 35 And 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.
    what a sad sad situation that Saul found himself in. the bottom line is he madeThe decision to deliberately disobey God and as a result he has to pay the price for it. Saul had everything lined up perfectly all he had to do was be obedient But instead he cursed him and his whole family for ever.

  15. iLove to Grow in the Word

    12Early the next morning Samuel went to find Saul. Someone told him, “Saul went to the town of Carmel to set up a monument to himself; then he went on to Gilgal.”
    13When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the lord’s command!”

    Pride had taken over Saul’s heart. Notice in verse 12 that Saul had set up a monument to himself and exclaimed that he had done the will of the Lord.

    We must always be humble and follow the commandments of the Lord and the man of God.

  16. 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.”

    Jesus!!!!Help me be obedient Jesus…I am speechless what else can I ask you Lord but for u to guide me and help me be obedient…I love u Lord!!! Help me see how you see, love how u love, walk how u walk! Hallelujah

  17. 15 And 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.

    16 Then 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.

    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?

    18 And 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.

    19 Wherefore 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?

    When one is the leaders he/she cannot blame the people for in the end he is responsible. A commandment was given and he had delegated authority but chose to not listen to the commandment. Just like in any sports team when the team does not perform or do what they need the head coach gets cut off.

  18. 26 And 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.

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

    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.

    Our carnal desire to hold on to certain things can cause much greater damage than if we had just surrendered those things to God to begin with. Saul was not only rejected from being king but now the kingdom was rent from him. This was the entrance of David into Saul’s life with the Lord making it clear that Saul was rejected and David was chosen and better than he. Saul brought grief and destruction into his house, and yet when faced with consequences he only made things worse. Humility is a trait best kept at all times, but it is particularly important to excerise it when faced with our own sin and failure.

  19. 10 Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying,

    11 It 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.

    Woe be us if the Lord ever repents that He made us and we have not lived/followed the plan He designed for us.

    God gave specific instructions to Samuel, who relayed the instructions to Saul, however Saul and the people did their own thing. Saul blamed it on the people, but ultimately as the leader he was responsible for what happened, so he should have stood up and down what he was instructed to do.

    This behooves each of us to pay attention to the details that we are given and follow them to the dotting of the “i” and the crossing of the “t” You never know when it might be a test from the Lord to raise us up to a new level of leadership.

  20. Did God make a mistake
    God was grieved he had made Saul king as an admission of error as if God had not known how Saul would turn out, Niham can mean emotional involvement and anguish over a situation affectan effective ion others as well as a change of mind. Samuel asserts that God does not change his mind, God made Sauel king and saul was an effective military leader. The fact that Sauls flaws endangered the nation was a matter of deep divine regret but no indication that God had made a mistake,
    Rember to let Pastor and Sis Watts know how as a body we are very proud of them for all they have accomplased and what they are doing, This is a great church and rember this is the most important thing going on in Fort Worth
    Also bro Morgan is doing a lot of work and making the building a very nice place for us to come and worship God. So when you see Bro Morgan thank hom for all his doing .
    Praise God the way the building is designed to flow like an Apostolic church. We as the body are very blessed to have a great designed building flowing to easily meet our goals

  21. 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

  22. 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.

    I pray I have no rebellion in my life. I pray that any stubbornness be gone in Jesus name.

  23. 21 But 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.

    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.

    Sometimes we think God wants our sacrifice, but if were not in obedience its just strange fire! So i beleive he wants my obedience mire than my sacrifice, its a hard time to struggle and fight against God!

  24. I agree with all that I have read just now. Saul disobeyed God and was dealt with. This is what happens when you don’t heed the instructions that God sets before you. Obey and listen to the word of the Father. The more you do the will of God; the more you will be blessed. As soon as you step out of the will of God; there are consequences and some are not very favorable. Chose to listen or not; but remember that God sees everything that you do.

    Thank you Jesus…..Amen!!!!

  25. 1 Samuel 15:23 (KJV Strong’s)

    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.

    So you want to do your own thing, your own way, and you don’t want anyone to tell you what to do?

    If this is you then the bible describes your stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry.

    Iniquity is when we take control of our own lives and make our own decisions. When we do not submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and make decisions without him.

    Idolatry is when we worship a person, object, thing, or idea as greater than God. When we put anything before God.

    Saul’s sin was great because he was stubborn. He literally took control and worshipped himself and the people as god.

    Stubbornness and iniquity is self worship. Let us pray that we make God the head and allow him to be the King.

    Exodus 20:3 (KJV Strong’s)
    3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

  26. 10 Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying,
    11 It 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.

    Submit to the man of God.

  27. 10. Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11. I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the Lord all that night. NIV Always be obedient !!!!

  28. “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.” The word of God (Jesus) identified that Saul believed he was right. One may be able to; think, live, do or say as one wants, today; however one and all shall be judged according to the word of the Judge (Jesus) one day. Dear God, forgive us (me) of anything we (I) have done that is unpleasing to you. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  29. “And 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.” They were safe because they had shown kindness. The power of love and kindness will always be triumphant over hatred and cruelty. God help us with self and kindness, so that your love may flow freely, in Jesus name.

  30. 11 It 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.

    Have you made your man of God cry?

    We do when stop coming to outreach. When we stop having passion in our praise, when we suddenly stop assisting prayer, etc.

    Why does he have to worry? There is whole world out there of lost souls, going to hell, bound by drugs, plagued by demons and overwhelmed with sin, that need to be reached and prayed for. The loss of a sheep from his fold hurts at a greater degree that one he’s never pastored. All the investment of prayer, discipleship, training, and still giving bad fruit.

    Let’s be like the good son of the prodigal story, the one the father has given liberty to all the wealthy and privilege except with a great fun mindset.

  31. 18 And 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.

    19 Wherefore 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?

    When God is telling you turn something over in your life, or let it die, you need to listen and follow God’s instructions! Don’t let something fester in your life that God wants you to turn away from, God has better things in store for you in your life.

  32. This chapter relives the rejection of Saul. He decided he would do his own thing. He also decided to blame the people. His character came to the surface. What a Tragic tale.

  33. 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.

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

    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.

  34. The word grieve in verse 35 literally means God was sorry. This isn’t the first or last time God tells of his regret. Genesis 6:6 says “God was grieved that he had made man on earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” Yet in both cases, it is his people who have changed, not God. Saul’s actions and decisions transform him from a humble man to an arrogant and rebellious king. Since God is all knowing, he obviously knows Saul’s heart and he gives him a chance to prove himself worthy of the role of king of Gods people. Saul ignores God and goes his own way, grieving the very God who had placed him in his exalted position.

  35. 11 It 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.

    Whether Saul sinned on purpose or by mistake, he never was truly sorry for them. Instead, Saul blamed the people and stated he feared the people. He had turned his back on God yet wanted his favor and blessings. We can’t live for God our way, then expect him to bless our mess. You are in a bad state when both God and the man of God are through helping you. We must be like David and be quick to repent with a humble and contrite heart.

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