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Betty Elliott
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God Rejects Saul as King



Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:10-23


10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.


12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”


13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”


14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”


15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”


16 “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”


“Tell me,” Saul replied.


17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 19 Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”


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 king. 21 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 your God at Gilgal.”


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.”


Samuel replied . . . “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”

1 Samuel 15:22-23


The people of Israel suffered while Saul was their leader. Saul did not obey God’s commands. Saul also set up a monument to honor himself for his victory in a war, raising himself above God.


When Samuel asked Saul, “Why did you not obey the Lord?” Saul lied, saying that everything he did was for God. Of course, Samuel already knew what Saul had done, and this was an opportunity to ­repent.


But Saul’s answer was ridiculous. He tried to cover up his greed with religious excuses. Saul claimed that he had saved out the best sheep and cattle in order to sacrifice them to God. But that was a lie. He also shifted blame to others, saying it was the soldiers who had saved out the best sheep and cattle.


So Samuel said, “Enough!” And he told Saul that because he had rejected the word of the Lord, God had now rejected him as king over Israel.


How about us today? Do we live our lives as we please? Do we lift ourselves up and ignore God’s words? Do we make up religious excuses when we have done wrong? Do we blame others for our wrong­doing?


If we do these things, we need to repent and appeal to God for his mercy and grace. We do not want to face the suffering of being rejected by God.


Father God, give us the faith to honestly confess our sins. In your mercy and grace, Lord, restore us to live faithfully for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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