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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July11, 2021
Obedience Is Better Then Sacrifice

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

1 Samuel 15:1-35 KJV
1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.
5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.
6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
11 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.
12 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.
13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15 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.
16 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.
17 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?
18 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.
19 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?
20 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.
21 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.
22 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.
23 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.
24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.
26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
28 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.
29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.
31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.
33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.
35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

The segregation of two parties is the the one thing that destroys America. It is the very thing that rips the Unites from one party to another. It is the most destructive force that eats away at our nation. One would think it would be violence in the streets, drunk driving, cancer, and so forth, but these things only bring about compassion. Yet when the parties of freedom divide the nation there is no compassion for the other group. Watching the mindset of the Republic of our nation, only to see to parties think one is better then another. If they agreed on terms in the House and Senate up to the Presidency one would think these thing would not change with public office changes hands, but it often does. One had to coward down to the other to get half of what they wanted passed only to go into next term hoping their enough power push to triumph to get the other half accomplished.

King Saul was in alliance with the Prophet Samuel until he seen the vastness of what the Amalekites had. He seen the steaks in the gleam of his eye perhaps or the wealth that could be produced by what was to be instead completely destroyed. Has King he did exactly what he thought was best despite what the Lord had instruction that Prophet Samuel had given him from the Lord. Samuel has to tell King Saul that God is not please with what he has done. That God perfers obedience more then sacrifice. When we learn to trust in God's decision we recognize he already seen the nice herd of the Amalekites. Whatever the reason he had called it all to be destroyed. Scripture does not say why beyond the fact it was to revenge the nation of the Amalekites. King Saul repented only for the Prophet Samuel to have to kill the king of the Amalekites in front of King Saul.

Before King Saul repented, Samuel stepped on the robe of Saul and ripped it, signifying that God would rip the kingdom from him. Despite the fact that sacrifices were still performed, it was not according to what God had instructed. What happened, King Saul would loose the gift of the Holy Spirit through the rest of his reign as King and Prophet Samuel lost a friend because of this disobedience.

I look at our nation and wonder what is happening as we move out of Afganistan and the Taliban is watching and swarming like bees to seek revenge. What is our nation doing when we choose to back away and sometimes stay and aid the people. It has to do with the people desire for freedom and new laws or religious control once more. Our nation is a nation of separation of church and state. It has to do with this issue that Prophet Samuel is facing with King Saul, to obey God first or last. To obey God completely or seek the wealth of another nation.

In human mind the idea of revenge is not always a solution, or do we see it truly what it is. Is it about wealth and power. It about following the road of greed verse the road of God. It is a road that all must chose in life, greed and power or God's way and obedience to follow in his path of righteousness. What would this one mistake cost King Saul, David would be in battle with the Amalekites while the Philistines went up against King Saul and killed him and his son Jonathan. King Saul if he had obeyed the Lord would never lost life because his friend David was in battle else where perhaps. David had gone to retrieve his two wives that been taken captive.(Story can be found 1 Samuel 30 to II Samuel 1).

Not obeying God can reap rewards of disappointment or destruction. Moses did not get to enter the Promise Land because of his disobedience, but it did not prevent him from going to heaven. King Saul would effect his spirituality as well. He would have an evil Spirit that would enter and control Saul, It would make King Saul jealous of furture King David and it would cause him to be angry. If King Saul had truly repented he would of destroyed the Amalekites as instructed as well as killed the king of the Amalekites.

Our disobedience to God especially after making someone great like he did King Saul can cause utter destruction. The kingdom would be ripped from Saul and King David would reign in his place. King David was a believer and obedient to God through out his days, even with his sin with Bathesheba. He would rule and age gracefully to his death, bring peace to Israel and their neighbors for a time. God's mercy on those who follow and obey Him is far greater then his revenge he reveals on children of disobedience. Where are you today, living in obedience or living with a rebellious Spirit because you see what your potential of greed truly can be. Who is your master money, wealth, greed, or the ways of God.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to chase after you only and not our own since of sight thinking we have better vision then you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: 1 John 3:24 KJV
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

1 Samuel 16:14 KJV
14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.


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