1 Samuel 13:1-15
After Saul had reigned for 2 years, he and his son, Jonathan, divided up the army and Jonathan and his troops went on a raid against a Philistine garrison. Saul sent out an announcement about it to all of Israel and they also heard that the Philistines weren’t happy about it! The Philistines began putting together a huge army and the people of Israel were afraid so they ran and hid in caves and anywhere else they could find!! Saul decided he needed to do something to encourage the people so he scheduled a sacrifice. He waited the seven days that were planned but Samuel hadn’t shown up yet. So, I guess he got impatient and decided to offer the sacrifice himself. Well Samuel shows up just as they finished and asks “what have you done?”
Now we need to understand that only the priests were to offer sacrifices and Saul may have been king, but he was not a priest. Saul gives several excuses but basically it came down to “I was afraid of what the people would do if we waited anymore!”
Samuel says that Saul has been foolish and that because of this his sons will not rule after him and God has started looking for someone whose heart is like God’s.
Now that may seem mean or unfair, after all Samuel was late! However there is right and there is wrong and not only did Saul do something wrong but he led others in it. Saul knew he needed a priest. He knew what was right. He chose to do wrong. When we choose to do wrong there are consequences!!
Have you ever done something you knew was wrong? Did you get in more trouble than if you had accidentally done something wrong? Was/is that fair?