Obedience Over Sacrifice

Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-35

Topics: Obedience, Self-Deception, Self-Image

God commands Saul to destroy the Amalekites to bring justice and for no selfish gain, but Saul disobeys and keeps for himself any animal of benefit to him. Although Saul repents after he is caught, God rejects him as king because Saul disobeyed the command that was supposed to set Israel apart and bring God’s righteous wrath upon the Amalekites. Saul has been deceiving himself and others for so long that he no longer thinks rationally. And even though our sin isn’t written in Scriptures for all to see, we are much more like Saul than we would like to admit.