From Carmel to Gilgal, Saul’s Journey of Rebellion (Part 2)

Posted on June 25, 2021

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From Carmel to Gilgal, Saul’s Journey of Rebellion (Part 2)

by Pastor Afolabi Oladele

Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord. And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel? And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 1 Samuel 15:10-23

The imperative of leadership is to take responsibility particularly when it is the high calling of God. When God calls, acts as He demands of you because He will back you up even in the face of opposition or difference of opinion from those you were called to lead. Who will you obey, man or God? Aaron failed here and here we see it again with Saul. We cannot afford to be presumptuous over God’s instruction; we must wait when we must. To be blatantly presumptuous with God is destructive pride and irreversible consequences come with it. Such was the case with Saul in this text who failed to take responsibility for the calling on his head, and probably nursed desire for gain instead of God.

God or gain, dependence or independence from God is the pitfall that every believer will be faced with today. This is the final test of the ages, Revelation 13:16-18; and only the wise who constantly go back to God for instruction, will choose right and walk victoriously. Shalom.

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