Saul continues to defend his action.
He continues to be defensive.
He continues to justify.
He continues to “throw his people under the bus”.
He continues to speak of sacrifices “to your God”.
There is much in these verses.
Then Saul said to Samuel,
“I did obey the voice of the LORD, and went on the mission on which the LORD sent me,
and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
“But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen,
the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”
“Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”
Saul declared that he did obey the voice of the Lord.
He went on the mission.
But he did not utterly destroy the Amalekites.
He brought back their king, Aga.
Saul blamed, again, the people.
Again, Samuel is having nothing to do with the excuses.
Samuel then brings forth profound truths.
Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice?
He delights in obedience.
To obey is better than sacrifice.
To heed is better than the fat of the lamb.
Saul and the people were going the way of Cain.
They sought to approach the Lord the way they wanted to.
We learn more.
This is a biggie.
Rebellion is as the sin of divination.
Rebellion is witchcraft.
Insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
He had rejected the Word of the Lord.
Because of that, the Lord was rejecting him as king.
The Word for us…true believers?
Most of what we do, we do “in the name of the Lord”.
Most has nothing to do with what the Lord has instructed/commanded.
We reject much of what He desires for us to do.
We reject much of what He has equipped us with.
We claim that we are doing great things (sacrifices to your Lord), yet we refuse obedience.
We will be held accountable.