John 12:3 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.”
John 12:4 “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s [son], which should betray him,”
John 12:5 “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?”
John 12:6 “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”
Saul went ahead and did as commanded but it was half obedience, which is equal to disobedience. He fulfilled part of the conditions but not all. God then visited Samuel and told him what Saul had done.
1 Samuel 15:10 “Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,”
1 Samuel 15:11 “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.”
God told Samuel that he was not pleased with the actions of Saul. He also went ahead and revealed why Saul did what he did.
God said the reason why Saul did what he did was simply because “…he is turned back from following me…” (1Sam.15:11). That looked like a serious “allegation”. If Saul had stopped following God why would he go for the war in the first place? Why would he risk his life and that of several others? But wait till you hear Saul’s response.
Meanwhile, Samuel was grieved and so decided to confront Saul with the allegations, but guess what Saul told the prophet:
1 Samuel 15:13 “And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed [be] thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.”
To be continued…
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