| 14 May 2013 |



*The Lord Rejects Saul*

*10 *Then the Lord said to Samuel, *11 *“I am sorry that I ever made
Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my
command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he
cried out to the Lord all night.

*12 *Early 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.”

*13 *When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully.
“May the Lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the
Lord’s command!”

*14 *“Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the
lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded.

*15 *“It’s true that the army spared the best of the sheep, goats,
and cattle,” Saul admitted. “But they are going to sacrifice them
to the Lord your God. We have destroyed everything else.”

*16 *Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! Listen to what the Lord told
me last night!”

“What did he tell you?” Saul asked.

*17 *And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of
yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has
anointed you king of Israel. *18 *And the Lord sent you on a mission
and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the
Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ *19 *Why haven’t you obeyed
the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the
Lord’s sight?”

*20 *“But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out
the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed
everyone else. *21 *Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep,
goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in

*22 *But Samuel replied,

“What is more pleasing to the Lord:

your burnt offerings and sacrifices

or your obedience to his voice?

Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,

and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

*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.”


I think there is a part of us that must sympathize with Saul. Mainly,
because we have all done the same thing: we have /almost/ fully obeyed
God when it comes to a particular instruction.

Saul was commanded to destroy everything. Yet, he thought a better
option would be to bring back the king, and some animals that could be
sacrificed to God. This results in God’s anger burning against him.

Here is the principle: Anything less than full obedience, is


Our full obedience is what pleases God, not half hearted, “I know
better” or “I’ll just do a little something on the side here”
obedience. Full obedience. That is what God requires, that is what God
deserves. Nothing less.

Today you will have many opportunities to obey God fully. Take them.
Remember God’s disapproval against Saul and let that be a warning to
you to obey fully today.


God forgive me for the times I haven’t obeyed you fully, but have
tried to justify my disobedience. Help me to obey your commands fully
as I go through my day. Amen.

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