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Week 14 Day 1
The people got their kingand 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 . . .
REGRETS 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 fatlings, the lambs and all that was good. Everything despised and 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 to 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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