Week 14  Day 1

The people got their king
and yes, he did do their bidding.


By now, burnt offerings were a tradition

            which means that's just

            what we always do to please God


Samuel's words were startling!

The act and the attitude must be one

    an empty ritual does not set things right with God

            the outward evidence of religion

            needs some corresponding integrity within

God is pleased by a heart that loves and obeys.



When Samuel was a child

          the word of the Lord

          was rare in the land

          and Samuel treasured each word he received

Samuel gave his entire life to God

          and witnessed the restoration of Israel

But when Samuel was old

          things did not look bright

          until . . .




      To obey the Lord is better than offering sacrifices.
                                           I Samuel 15


    1Samuel said to Saul, "The Lord sent me to anoint you king.

Therefore, heed the voice of the Lord.  2Thus says the Lord of

hosts:  'I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he

ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.  3Now

go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have.''' 

7Saul attacked the Amalekites.  9But Saul and the people
spared king Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the
the lambs and all that was good.  Everything despised
worthless, that they destroyed. 

    10Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11''I

greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned

back from following me."  It grieved Samuel, and he cried out

to the Lord all night.  12When Samuel rose early in the morning

to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, "Saul went to Carmel, and

indeed, he set up a monument for himself."  13Then Samuel

went and Saul said to him, "Blessed are you of the Lord!  I have
performed the commandment of the Lord."

    14But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep

in my ears, and the lowing of oxen which I hear?"  15Saul

said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the

people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice
the Lord your God; the rest we have utterly destroyed."

    16Then Samuel said to Saul, "Be quiet!  I will tell you what

the Lord said to me last night."  He said to him, "Speak on." 

17So Samuel said, "When you were little in your own eyes,

were you not head of the tribes of Israel?  Did not the Lord

anoint you king over Israel?  18Now the Lord sent you on a

mission.  19Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? 

Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil?"

    20Saul said to Samuel, "But I have obeyed the voice of the

Lord; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.  21The people

took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things

which should have been utterly destroyed."

    22So 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.  23Because you have

rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from

being king.  28He has torn the kingdom of Israel from you

today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours."  34Then

Samuel went to Ramah  35and went no more to see Saul.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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