Judged 1 Sam. 15:7-15, 22-23 July 10, 2016
As a father I expected my children to pay to what I said. Obviously God does also, but Saul does not pay attention and makes unbelievable excuses of a very feeble kind. You can ask how did he ever get chosen to be king? His appearance must have been the deciding factor and helps us realize we need to look at more that the outward appearance before making major decisions. God knew the People were not wise and needed to learn a lesson He of course Judged them correctly.
1. Saul’s Disobedience 1 Sam. 15:7-9
A. Saul Did Not . . Destroy All the People Like God Told Him. 1 Sam. 15:7-8
7 Then Saul struck down the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is next to Egypt.
8 He captured Agag king of Amalek alive, but he completely destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword.
B. Saul Did Not . . Destroy All the Animals Like God Told Him. 1 Sam. 15:9
9 Saul and the troops spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, cattle, and fatlings, as well as the young rams and the best of everything else. They were not willing to destroy them, but they did destroy all the worthless and unwanted things.
Saul was given instructions about capturing the cities and how to destroy them by God. He did not completely obey. It seems he Judged for himself what could be kept and not destroyed. If I person does that they need to ask themself if they know more than God. Or if it is possible that keeping some of these people or animals that God told them to destroy could cause some problems he does not know about. Could there be diseases or other kind of problems? Saul thought he knew more than God in this situation.
2. Samuel’s Confrontation 1 Sam. 15:10-15
A. God Tells Samuel about Sauls . . Disobedience. 1 Sam. 15:10-12
10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel:
11 "I regret that I made Saul king, for he has turned away from following Me and has not carried out My instructions." So Samuel became angry and cried out to the Lord all night.
12 Early in the morning Samuel got up to confront Saul, but it was reported to Samuel, "Saul went to Carmel where he set up a monument for himself. Then he turned around and went down to Gilgal."
B. Samuel Confronts Saul about His . . Disobedience. 1 Sam. 15:13-15
13 When Samuel came to him, Saul said, "May the Lord bless you. I have carried out the Lord's instructions."
14 Samuel replied, "Then what is this sound of sheep and cattle I hear?"
15 Saul answered, "The troops brought them from the Amalekites and spared the best sheep and cattle in order to offer a sacrifice to the Lord your God, but the rest we destroyed."
God told Samuel about Sauls disobedience. He also said he regretted making Saul King. Samuel immediately wanted to confront Saul about it. But God kept him from confronting Saul because he went out of town. When Saul got back where Samuel could speak to him he came to Saul and was greeted by him as if nothing was wrong. He said he had carried out the Lord instructions. Samuel then asked him about the sound of sheep and cattle? Saul claimed the animals were only the best and were taken to make sacrifices. I think Samuel was disgusted with these statements of Saul.
3. God’s Rejection of Saul. 1 Sam. 15:22-23
A. Samuel Tells Saul about God’s . . Rejection of His Sacrifices. 1 Sam. 15:22
22 Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
B. Samuel Tells Saul about God’s . . Rejection of His . . Saul. 1 Sam. 15:22
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king. HCSB
He is rejected because he did not obey specifically what the Lord told him. Sacrifices are not as good as obedience. To pay attention to what God says brings more delight to the Lord. If your rebellion is wickedness
and rejection of what the Lord has specifically told you to do it is definitely rebellion. God rejects Saul and his ways because He has rejected God and He rejects him as king. He is Judged. Amen? Amen!