KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Samuel 13:13. And Samuel said to Saul, thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now, would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever.
When Samuel arrived after Saul had being disobedient to God, He said to Saul, you have acted foolishly, because you have not obeyed the Lord your God. What is foolishness? Foolishness according to our study is simply not to obey God. King Saul was desperate to make the sacrifice, although he was not supposed to do so. Desperation in life is always a lack of confidence in God. Don’t act when you feel desperate, you might definitely take the wrong step.
Samuel told king Saul that because of what he has done his kingdom would not continue. (1st Sam 13:14). Certain wrong steps or sins have far reaching effect on our lives. Don’t take such chances, it may even cause your death.
1st Samuel 13:19–20 reveals something very fascinating. All the men who accompanied Saul and Jonathan to fight the Philistines had not sharpened their weapons for war. They had to go to philistine’s land to get their weapons sharpened. It so happened that they had no weapons on the day of battle.1 Samuel 13:22 ” So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found”.
Why should this happen? Only King Saul and Jonathan had something to defend themselves. There are certain leaders who think very much about their families and would not be concern about the welfare of the larger majority. African politics is one area where favoritism and nepotism are so dominant. Please note, a family is not just those who are related to you by blood, but all those with a common interest
In 1st Samuel 14:24, Saul made a rash vow purely based on impulse.” And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So, none of the people tasted any food”. How could men on a battlefield be made to fast.? This was very unthoughtful. Jonathan who had be used by God to destroy the enemies that day, became the victim of that vow. He found some honey and ate, not knowing his father has made a vow barring everyone from eating till the evening. King Saul made pronouncements that even if Jonathan was found to be the culprit he would die. King Saul’s actions was not in the best interest of the whole army. In the second part of verse 39 the bible said no one answered him when he said even if it is Jonathan he must die. Saul was gradually losing touch with his subjects. Leaders who are autocratic (that is it is only what they say that holds, a dictator) normally fail.
Oh father, we pray that you give us selfless wise and very effective leaders who will lead us to possess our inheritance.
1 Samuel 14:24 ” And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So, none of the people tasted any food.”
1 Samuel 14: 45. “And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not”.