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Obeying God is better than sacrifice. Saul disobeys God to appease men. When confronted by Samuel, Saul shifts the blame. Saul's kingship is taken from him.
Saul fears men rather than God. Hot on the heels of the victory God gave him, Saul allows his fear of what he's confronted with to cause him to sin and offer a sacrifice to God to appease the people rather than waiting for Samuel to arrive and do it. When confronted by Samuel, Saul defends himself rather than repent, then makes excuses, and finally repents, but for his own reasons.
Saul is made king. Everything goes back to normal and he goes back to farming. God changes men's hearts. God gave Saul a new heart. God won't stop us from going our own way. We need to be asking God to test our hearts. Choosing Saul by lots was God's way of showing that He had chosen Saul and that it was not simply Samuel's choice. Saul takes leadership as the Spirit of the Lord comes upon him to lead Israel into battle and save the city of Israel. God gives a great victory. It confirmed Saul's kingship.
We should pray to God for answers to our prays for what He knows is best for us even if it is hard for us to accept. Saul started out well but ended badly. We need to end well and commit our lives to the Lord. God confirms his calling. If a king must wait on the Lord, so must we. We will find out the Lord's direction through His word and prayer through His Holy Spirit
The people of Israel demand a king to be like the nations around them. They want a king to fight for them. They wanted a king for all the wrong reasons - to be like the other nations - but Israel was to be set apart for God and different from other nations. How often do churches today want to be like the world to be more acceptable to the world and "relevant." Samuel warns them against their desire. They do not listen. God allows them to go their own way. Yet, His will is still to come about as He knew there would be kings over Israel (Deuteronomy 7 describes what the King was to do and not do).
Rev. Carl Palmer
Associate Pastor Ginger Medley uses 1 Samuel 17:28-35; 45-47 to emphasize that our weapons are mighty within and the battle is the Lord's. Fear hinders our relationships and it empowers the enemy. We must overcome fear with faith! When you are looking for a solution to a problem, there are going to be obstacles, but you have choices.