I Sam. 14:47-15:35
“So Saul established his sovereignty over Israel…” The Lord allowed Saul to prevail against his enemies. His cousin, Abner became commander of his army.
During the wilderness wandering, the Amalekites had fought against God’s children. Then, many years later, the Lord instructed Saul through Samuel to utterly (completely, leaving nothing) destroy them as punishment for their evil deeds. He had a “better idea.” Instead of following God’s requirements, they took King Agag as a prisoner and the best of their livestock as spoil.
As man has done throughout history, Saul blamed someone else for his shortcomings. In the Garden of Eden, Eve blamed the serpent for her sin; Adam blamed the woman; and Saul said, “…the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God…” We, like Saul are responsible for our own actions and will be held accountable.
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord?…He also has rejected you from being king.”
Those words stung the proud king like the sting of a bee. He confessed that he had sinned and begged Samuel not to leave him. However, Samuel turned back and accompanied Saul as he worshipped the Lord.
After executing Agag, Samuel, “went no more to see Saul until the day of his death.” Samuel mourned for Saul and God regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.