Saul acknowledged that he had sinned.
He agreed that he had transgressed the command of the Lord.
Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
Yet, acknowledging sin is not synonymous with repentance.
The demons “acknowledge” the Lord…at least they shudder…yet they are not of God.
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
Saul acknowledged his sin, still he did not repent.
So many “Sauls” today.
We all “go Saul” from time-to-time”.
Watch what he does next.
“Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the LORD.”
Saul wants Samuel to pardon his sin.
Saul wants Samuel to return with him…by his side.
So that Saul may worship the Lord.
Looks good…on the surface.
Samuel saw through it.
Samuel knew what the Lord had decided.
…Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”
Saul was rejected.
Samuel did not want to have anything to do with him.
But 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.”
We will see that tomorrow…
Remember, the Lord desires obedience rather than sacrifice.
Obedience to His Word.
Obedience to the Spirit.