And Samuel said, Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obedience to the voice of the Lord? Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:22.
I Samuel 15
By the Lords instruction through the prophet Samuel, Saul is commanded to attack the Amalakites and destroy every person and animal without exception. Saul and his men attack and rout the Amalakites, but take King Agog alive and spare the best sheep and cattle. The Lord is displeased with Sauls disobedience and sends the prophet Samuel to confront Saul. In the meantime, after the battle, Saul went to Carmel, where Saul had set up a monument to himself, apparently to gloat over himself in his victory over the Amalakites. Samuel catches up with Saul there and when confronted by Samuel, Saul dishonestly claims to have followed the Lords instruction.Upon further questioning, Saul attempts to deflect any responsibility by saying the soldiers kept back the best sheep and cattle for sacrificing to the Lord. Samuel again attempts to hold Saul accountable by asking, Does the Lord delight in sacrifice, as much as obedience? Saul finally admits that he was afraid of the people, therefore, he allowed spoils of the war to be retained. Saul asks for forgiveness, and pleads with Samuel to return with him so they can worship the Lord and Saul may be honored before the elders and the people. Samuel informs Saul that God has replaced him as King with another one who is better, King David.
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