June 4, 2024 – 1 Samuel 15: 10 – 35

June 4, 2024 – 1 Samuel 15:  10 – 35


These scriptures describe the hurt of not only Samuel from Saul’s disobedience, but also God.  God understands that Saul’s disobedience was a matter of the heart, selfishness, self-destruction and pride.  The piercing words, “And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel ” should give us all reason to stop and ponder.


Regrets!  We all have regrets of some kind/type.  Maybe you have regrets of words spoken harshly, a career path taken or not taken, not being available for your family/friends or general life choices.  Are you struggling with regret in your life?  It’s not too late to ask God to help you work through your regrets, heal you, and restore your spirit. The worse regret one can have is choosing not to follow Jesus, asking Jesus to be your Savior, asking for forgiveness and loving God with all your heart professing that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life.  If you have not accepted Christ, do not delay.  If you need spiritual advice to help with your decision, reach out to us or another Christian who can guide you.  Please do not delay. 


Rejection!  The Bible says God rejected Saul as king.  Have you experienced rejection in your life?  It’s a gut wrenching feeling and one that is not easy to resolve without time and prayer.  Seek God to help you through your time of rejection and ask for his help.  God loves you with an amazing, un-understanable, death on the cross love.  He seeks to know and show you this incredible love.    



10  The word of the LORD came to Samuel:  11  “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the LORD all night.  12  And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal.”  13  And

Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed be you to the LORD. I have performed the commandment of the LORD.”  14  And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?”  15  Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to the LORD your God, and the rest we have devoted

to destruction.”  16  Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! I will tell you what the LORD said to me this night.” And he said to him, “Speak.”

17  And Samuel said, “Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.  18  And the LORD sent you on a mission and said, ‘Go, devote to destruction the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’  19  Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?”  20  And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the LORD. I have gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction.  21  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God

in Gilgal.”  22  And 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, and to listen than the fat of rams.

23  For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.” 24  Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.  25  Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me that I may bow before the LORD.”  26  And Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you. For you have rejected

the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”  27  As Samuel turned to go away, Saul seized the skirt of his robe, and it tore.  28  And Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.  29  And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”  30  Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the LORD your God.”  31  So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul bowed before the LORD. 32  Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”  33  And Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. 34  Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul.  35  And

Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.


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