THE FEAR OF THE LORD
Has 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 heed than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:22
The prophet Samuel anointed Saul King of Israel and delivered the command of the Lord to destroy His enemies, the Amalekites. His words were simple and to the point: Utterly destroy all they have, do not spare them, kill both men and women, infant and nursing child, ox, sheep and donkey! This relates to us to destroy that which has held us in bondage, strongholds of lust, pride, greed, unforgiveness, etc. so that we can be totally free from sin.
Saul, like most was leaning on his own understanding of God's command and did it his way. He took Agag, king of the Amalekites captive, kept the best of the spoils and totally disobeyed God's command to wipe out everything! The prophet Samuel showed up and rebuked him for not carrying out God's orders and hacked Agag to pieces in front of him. As he was leaving Saul grabbed his robe and tore it and Samuel turned and said, "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you."
Saul was totally rejected, his kingdom torn from him and given to David, the Holy Spirit was also taken and an evil spirit (demon) from God was given to him. This is the result of rebellion that leads to witchcraft and as it turned out for Saul, who turned to a witch to hear from God before his last battle in which he and his sons were killed! The wages of sin is always death!
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king." I Samuel 15:23
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin