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Saul had a remarkable gift at administration, strategy, and government. His imperfection was that he underrated himself. God had given him an incredible victory over Israel’s adversaries, yet he had trouble believing God to liberate him and the nation from opposition. Therefore, this caused Saul to be incompetent because he failed in administering the church (1 Sam. 13), family (1 Sam. 14), and state (1 Sam. 15). God soon disregarded him as king because he failed in his judicial capacity and abused his civil power.
God gave Saul a specific command to destroy the Amalekites and everything that belonged to them (1 Sam. 15:3). The reason for this command stems from payback for what the Amalekites had done from the Israelites after they had left Egypt (Ex. 17:8-16). Saul did not follow through with the instructions he was given. “And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to the destruction all the people with the edge of the sword.” (1 Sam. 15:8 ESV) Saul permitted some of the people to live and transported the best of the animal and livestock (1 Sam 15:9). God presents that the certainty of judgment is approaching. “The Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” (1 Sam. 15:26b) Saul pays a hefty price for discreetly saying that he was wiser than God.
Samuel explains to Saul that God has shown him grace. “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.” (1 Sam. 15:17 ESV) God privileged Saul in anointing him king, but he entrusted him to cancel previous business dating back to Moses (Deut. 25:17-19). Saul’s claim was that he fulfilled God’s instructions (1 Sam. 15:15). Saul initially took this campaign serious...

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...h me, that I may bow before the LORD your God.” (1 Sam. 15:30) Saul’s concern was to be honored as king and forgiven of his transgression. Samuel made Saul look bad by executing Agag in public (1 Sam. 15:32-33) How humiliating it must have been for Saul to watch Samuel complete God’s mission publically before the elders. Samuel finally accepts Saul’s request and Saul fell prostrate before the Lord.
Saul felt God’s rejection as a leader. He was impulsive, defensive, angry, demanding. God was displeased with his actions. With this revelation Saul asked Samuel and God to forgive him. He remained broken seeking repentance, but never restored to his place of honor. It was a turning point for Saul when he realized the reality of God’s reaction towards his disobedience. Saul did what he believed was right in serving the people and remaining faithful to Samuel and his God.
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