Samuel has done what Israel requested but God tells him to warn them again:
God wants His people to remember His mighty works. Remember that it is God that fought their battles for them. It is God that brought them out of Egypt. It is God that led them to the land of milk and honey. When their fathers forsaked God and served others they were overcome by their enemies, but when they asked God to deliver them He was there. We do well to remember also. Let God fight our battles. Go to God in prayer and praise. He is willing and able to take care of us. We must remember that His ways are not our ways and our ways are not His. We must trust in Him and quit trying to always figure out our own deliverance like Israel requiring a king.
God must really love His people, look what did for Israel:
Even though God identifies their desire for a king as wicked He still gives them a way to recover; if they serve the Lord with all their heart and not turn aside God will not forsake them because it has pleased God to make them His people. "Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you." (:24)
God's truths have not changed:
However, Saul stops listening to God and does his own "good looking works," he was disobedient.
In chapter 13 of I Samuel in Saul's second year Saul amasses the first standing army of Israel (3000 men). Saul has a son, Jonathan, who lead 1000 men to attack a garrison (outpost) of the Philistines in Geba and defeated them. But Saul made it known that he had smote the garrison of the Philistines (looks good). Afterward the Philistines gathered together 30 thousand chariots, 6 thousand horsemen and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude (13:5). Well, there are only two thousand in Saul's army in Michmash where the Philistines have camped against-a bit outnumbered. When the men of Israel saw this they didn't go to God, they ran and hid in caves. Some even went west across the Jordan to Gad while Saul retreated to Gilgal far away from the army. Both cities are situated just north of the Dead Sea and Gilgal is about 13 miles east of where the Philistines have camped. Here Saul makes a big mistake which costs him the kingdom. He sees that his people are scattered, and he is afraid also, so he offers a burnt offering and a peace offering to the Lord. This is in contradiction to what Samuel had told him to do which was; wait until Samuel came. He did not trust the Word of the Lord.
Afterward, Jonathon, in Chapter 14, takes his armourbearer and goes up against the Philistines while dear old dad is hanging out back in Geba under a pomegranate tree. (Ok, so why did God tell us he is under a pomegranate tree? It is a symbol of luxury and fertility in the east.) God is with Jonathon and they (God, Jonathon and his armourbearer) start them a running and when the Israelites see that the Philistines are on the run they join the fight. I will cover this in greater detail next week.
Saul's mind is far from God at this point and he selfishly commands the people to not eat until he is avenged--until the battle is over which causes the men to become weak and so they fall upon the spoil and eat meat with the blood they are so hungry. Jonathan wasn't with the people when Saul made this decree and he eats honey (which has the consequence of death by the decree of the king). When it is found out the people press Saul to save him because Jonathan had "wrought with God this day"(14:45).
Saul continues to be disobedient and do things that look good or blame others for his disobedience. In Chapter 15 he was instructed to utterly destroy Amelek along with all of the people and spoil. Yet they keep back the best of the sheep and oxen and even King Amelek they saved alive. God tells Samuel what Saul has done and when Saul and Samuel meet up Saul says he has done what he was commanded. Well, Samuel calls him on the carpet. Saul's excuse was that the people took of the spoil.
For Saul to be obedient is more important than the sacrifices. Rebellion and unbelief always get people in trouble. If we reject the Word of God we reject Him.
God gave him many chances to follow Him but he let his pride and senses knowledge keep him from believing and trusting in God.
Let us be humble to exalt God and meek to learn His will.
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