Saul had rebelled against the Lord.
Saul thought that his faux sacrifice explanation would be pleasing…appeasing…to the Lord.
He was wrong.
The Lord tells us.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
So many today…most?…are all astir with “busy-ness” for the Lord, yet they walk not in obedience.
The Lord details the seriousness of such.
Rebellion is as unto the sin of divination (witchcraft).
Insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
“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.”
For these reasons the Lord rejects Saul as king.
For these reasons modern day religionists are rejected.
What did Saul do?
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.
Initially it looks good.
Saul professed that he had sinned.
He agreed that he has transgressed the command of the Lord and the words of Samuel.
He resumes seeking to justify and defend himself.
He blames the people.
He declared that he feared the people.
He claimed that he listened to the voice of the people.
This is rampant among “church leadership” today.
Rare is the “leader” who seeks the mind of the Lord.
Common is the “leader” whose every move and thought is motivated by fear of the people.
We are not to fear one another.
We are not to fear the people.
We are to fear the Lord.