1 Samuel 14:47-15:35
After defeating the Philistines, Saul continues to build his army and establish his kingdom. They began to fight their enemies on all sides and began defeating them and winning battles. At one point the Lord sent Samuel to Saul and told him to completely destroy the city of Amalek. They were to destroy every living thing. Saul and his army went and defeated the Amalekites, but they kept their king, Agag, alive and the best of the animals.
About this time God spoke to Samuel again. God told Samuel that Saul had turned his back on God and failed to follow His commandment. Samuel spent the night in prayer and then the next morning left to meet Saul. When Samuel arrives, Saul greets him and tells Samuel he has completed God’s command. Samuel then asks why he hears sheep. Saul answers that they saved some of animals to offer as sacrifices. Now that sounds good and godly, but what did God tell him to do? He was told to destroy everything. Samuel reminds Saul of what he was to do and Saul tries to defend himself, but Samuel says that “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). Doing something good instead of what we were supposed to do is still disobedience!!
Samuel tells Saul that because he has rejected God (been disobedient), God is rejecting him as king. Samuel begins to leave but Saul begs him to stay for the sacrifice to save Saul’s reputation with the people. Samuel agrees but says that God will still take the kingdom from him.
After the sacrifice, Samuel left and never saw Saul again. However the Bible says that Samuel mourned for Saul and that the Lord was sad that Saul was king.
Why do you think Samuel mourned? Because he had hoped that Saul would be a godly king that would lead the people well. Instead he was disobedient. Why do you think God was sad? God is always sad when we sin!! He wants us to follow His plan for us and it always makes Him sad when we don’t!!
Discuss how doing something good instead is still wrong. We still disobeyed. Have your child come up with examples (take our trash instead of cleaning your room like you were told, etc.).