1 Samuel 15 – Saul’s Rebellion & Rejection as King

An individual, a family, a congregation, or a nation can lose their calling and anointing if they rebel against the Lord long enough and consistently enough. 1 samuel 15 is an example of God withdrawing his calling on a man’s life.

It is one thing for a nation to sin, but it is another matter for the church to sin by ceasing to pray and believe God for their nation. There are nations that are in great danger, not from crime, immorality and corruption, but because Christians are running in fear or criticizing their nation and it’s leaders in unbelief.

Saul’s removal from office is an example of God dealing with a spiritual leader. The people sinned, but the one called by God to care for the people was held to the higher standard of judgment.

The Scripture:

15:1-3 – Detailed obedience is required of Saul in a very tough assignment of discipline and standing against evil

15:4-9 – We learn in these verses that partial obedience is disobedience in God’s eyes; Saul saved the best for himself in contrast to what God commanded him to do.

15:12 – Saul erects a monument to himself. Disobedience leads to deception and self-congratulations.

15:11 – Saul is rejected by God as king.

15:12 – Saul lies to Samuel about his sin of disobedience.

15:15 – Saul blames the people for his lack of courage and resulting disobedience.

15:17 – Samuel acknowledges that one of the problems is that Saul suffers from inferiority and insecurity, “though you are little in your own eyes…” but Samuel tells Saul that he is still responsible in spite of his insecurity and low self-image: “”Were you not head of the tribes of Israel?”

15:20-21 – Saul blames his followers for his fear and disobedience

15:22-23 – Samuel responds to Saul with these great warnings:

  • The Lord delights more in obedience than in good deeds and personal sacrifice.
  • To obey is better than sacrifice for God.
  • Rebellion leads to witchcraft: blame and manipulation and using one’s spiritual gifts for one’s own gain, is called witchcraft by Samuel.
  • Though a person struggles with uncertainty and insecurity, there comes a point when the Lord calls it rebellion, and that in turn leads to iniquity and idolatry.
  • If we reject the Word of the Lord, God can reject us, at least the calling he gives us.

15:24 – Saul acknowledges the root of his sin was the fear of the people. He feared people more than he feared the Lord.

15:26-28 – Samuel declares that that day Saul has lost his kingship and God is judging him for his sin.

 15:33 – Samuel slays the king that Saul was to have killed.

15:34-35 – Samuel never saw Saul again to the day of his death.

15:35 – The Lord was grieved in his heart that he made Saul king. May this never be said of us. May we bring joy to the heart of God and not sadness and grief.

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