First Samuel 13

  1. We now begin to see the downward trail that Saul travels. There was an agreed upon time between Samuel and Saul, but Samuel delayed and Saul felt the weight of the occasion, thus he offered a sacrifice before Samuel’s arrival. Though Jewish theology does not teach that Saul had sinned (ArtScroll, p. 77), it is clear from the reading of the chapter that Samuel was tremendously disappointed in Saul’s actions and, moreover, the Lord removed Saul from continuing to reign over Israel. For one who, supposedly, did not commit sin (according to Jewish theology) Saul had received a heavy rebuke from God’s prophet and the Almighty Himself. The situation was dire for the Israelites; the Philistine army was rather large in comparison with the army of Israel.
  2. Application: With Samuel having clearly set forth the evidence of his divine appointment as God’s prophet to Saul, Saul could easily rely upon him to do the Lord’s will and to have the Lord’s counsel. Thus, Saul need not have worried like he did. He did become anxious, however. He saw what opposed him, he also saw that God’s prophet was not present, and with these two points of consideration – how easy it is to justify an action when a number of people are counting on your leadership to get them through this obvious approaching nightmare. If you were in Saul’s position, what would you do? You know how you would answer, but what would you actually have done?

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