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This week our lesson was titled ""Saul Disobeys the Lord," from 1 Samuel 10:1-8; 13:2-14; 15:1-123, 34-35. Use the teaching points below to help guide your family worship time this week.
Bible Truth: To Obey God Is Better Than Sacrifice
After Samuel first anointed Saul, Samuel tells Saul step-by-step the things that are about to happen to him. It ends with Samuel telling Saul to wait seven days for him at Gilgal. There, Samuel will offer a sacrifice to God.
Saul goes to Gilgal to prepare to fight the Philistines. During the weeklong wait for Samuel to arrive, the Israelite men become afraid and begin to scatter because the Philistines are gathering an enormous army. So Saul becomes impatient and offers a sacrifice to God on behalf of the people, even though God’s law says that he should not. He should have waited for God’s prophet, Samuel, to offer the sacrifice.
Samuel tells Saul that God is looking for a king whose motive is to do God’s will, a man after God’s own heart. For this king, God will establish his kingship forever. Saul showed through his disobedience to God that he was not to be this king.
God sends Samuel again to give Saul a stepby- step battle plan for fighting the Amalekites. The instructions are simple: strike Amalek and destroy everyone and everything, including the animals.
Saul defeats the Amalekites, but he and the people spare the Amalekite king and the best of the animals. They only destroy what is despised and worthless. God looks at what Saul has done and tells Samuel that Saul has “turned back from following me” (1 Samuel 15:11). Yet Saul tries to say he has obeyed God when clearly he has not. This represents the end of Saul’s disobedient reign as king.
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Read Luke 22:42.
As a king, Saul failed. One day God would anoint another Man to be king who would not fail. Even when it was difficult, Jesus (the greatest king) obeyed God. The difficult task in front of Jesus was to die on the cross (see Acts 13:22–23).
When faced with the cross, Jesus prayed to his Father in heaven saying, “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Saul placed his own will above God’s; Jesus did not. As a result of Jesus’ obedience, we have salvation through his sacrificial death.