I Samuel 15
I Samuel 15 is a wonderful Chapter for us; for Saul however, it isn't so good. It is through Saul in this Chapter, that Father shows us what happens when we disobey Him; and even worse, when we reject Him, His Plan, His Ways and His Will. Saul, who Father chose and anointed to be the first man king of Israel, is about to be rejected by Father and have his kingdom taken away from him. The actual or physical taking away will not happen in this chapter, but the verbalizing of it by Father does transpire here in I Samuel 15.
Let's get right to it.
13:1-15:35 PROVOCATION OF SAUL. (Alternation.)
15:1-35 War with Amalek.
15:1-35 WAR WITH AMALEKITES. (Introversion and Extended Alternation.)
15:1 Saul’s call by Samuel.
I Samuel 15:1 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. -> This is a continuation from I Samuel 14 and the wars that Saul has been waging against Israel's enemies.
Father is about to tell him to continue, and to now turn and go against the Amalekites. Who were the Amalekites? The father of the Amalekites was Amalek, one of Esau's sons (Eliphaz) sons. Amalek was bore to him by his heathen wife, Timna, as can be read in Genesis 36:12.
You may be wondering: If Esau, who was Jacob's brother and Isaac's son, was part of the Adamic seed-line. Why would Father want the House of Israel to war against this Adamic peoples? The answer to this can be found in three places, and its origins all stem from Esau and the fact that Father hated Esau from the First Earth Age, who, after being born in this age, cared nothing for his heritage and sold it to his brother Jacob for a bowl of red pottage. When their father Isaac was on his death bed, Esau now wanted the Blessing he had sold to his brother. Their father knew nothing of the selling of the heritage; however, their mother Rebekah, knew of not only the selling of the heritage, but also of the deceit by which Esau was now going to try and get it back from his brother. She therefore had her younger son, Jacob, pretend to be his brother Esau and receive the rightful blessing from Isaac. What happened next? Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.” -> He devised a plan to murder his brother. Again, their mother, under Father's hand, knew what Esau planned to do, so she sent Jacob away to her brother, Laban's, to seek a wife. Esau, having missed the opportunity to kill his brother, passed his hatred onto his offspring who continued carrying on this hatred unto the time of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
Then as we read in Exodus 17, as the Israelites were coming up out of Egypt, as they journeyed from the wilderness of Sin to Rephidim, they again murmured for water and chided with Moses for such. Moses then went to Father to seek what He wanted Moses to do, and Father told him to take the elders of Israel, and his rod (with which he smote the Red Sea wherein it parted and they crossed over on dry land), and go and stand before the rock in Horeb upon which Father Himself would be standing. Moses was to then smite the rock in front of the elders, and when he did so, water would issue forth for the people to be able to drink. What happened next? Exodus 17:7And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us, or not?” -> Not an intelligent thing for our forefathers to be thinking after witnessing all that Father has done for them to this point.
We then read in Exodus 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. -> Amalek passed his hatred of Jacob (who Father later renamed Israel) onto his offspring, and the hatred has never diminished; and as Father was bringing the Nation of Israel up out of Egypt, the army of Amalek come against Israel, and If we were to have continued reading in Exodus 17 we would have found that Moses stood on a high mountain with his rod in his hand and his hands raised to the sky. As long as he held his hands up, Israel was besting the Amalekites; however, when his arms got tired and started to lower, then the Amalekites started to get the upper-hand. Aaron and Hur rolled a large stone for Moses to sit upon, and then they held his hands and arms up until Israel got the victory over the Amalekites. Finally at the end of Exodus 17 we read: Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, “Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." -> Two more times in Father's Word do we read of Him uttering these words against the Amalekites; once in Numbers 24:20 and then again in Deuteronomy 25:17-19.
That brings us to current.
15:2 Amalekites’ crime against Israel.
I Samuel 15:2 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. -> When was this and what happened? Let's turn to Deuteronomy 25 and find out. Deuteronomy 25:17Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; -> The Amalekites were the first peoples to attack and war against Israel as they were coming out of Egypt, the year was approximately 1491-1490 B.C.. Father not only remembered what the Amalekites did, He told Israel to remember and never forget what they did. [25:18] How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. -> There was Israel, coming out of Egypt and weary from thirst, and the Amalekites attacked. They didn't attack the front or the "head" but the rear, the "tail," where the weak and feeble were. But, we read at the end of this verse, the real reason Father will destroy the Amalekites from under heaven: "he feared not God." [25:19]Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it. -> Just like the "Feasts of YHVH," the Israelites were to never forget what the Amalekites did to them; they were to pass it on to their children from generation to generation.
15:3 Command to smite Amalek.
I Samuel 15:3 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.’” -> Before we continue on, let's review the last verse of Exodus 17, as it also explains much: Exodus 17:16 For he said, “Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." -> This is why the Amalekites are still around to this present time, for the war of YHVH was to be from generation to generation, and so it was. It was carried on by Ehud (Judges 3:13-15), Barak (Judges 5:14), Gideon (Judges 6:3 and 7:12-14), Saul (I Samuel 15:2-9 with which we can compare with verse v15:11, where Father says that Saul has not obeyed Him in carrying out His commandments), Samuel (I Samuel 15:32-33), David (I Samuel 27:8, 30:1, 7 and II Samuel 8:12), and the Simeonites (I Chronicles 4:42-43).
Now at present, Father issues another decree against the Amalekites. Will Saul carry it out?
Though these words concerning "the slaying of the women, children and animals" may sound harsh to the untrained ear or the "unknowing," remember what happens when one dies: they return Home to Father, they're not really dead yet. Yes, their flesh life has come to an end; however, they are still alive in heaven and will face Father at the Judgment Seat, after they have been taught for the 1,000 year Millennial reign of Jesus. At that time, they will then get to "choose" whether they love Father and will live eternally with Him, or will follow after satan and go into the Lake of Fire. The reason Father said to "utterly destroy" the children is because they were the hybrid offspring of the flesh women and the fallen angels. This goes all the way back to Genesis 6; however, those (spoken of in Genesis) were destroyed by the flood of Noah's day, so these are from the second influx of fallen angels.
Two places to glean valuable information are: Matthew 10:28 (Jesus speaking) And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell., and Revelation 20.
15:4 Saul’s army.
I Samuel 15:4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim (lambs), two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. -> A formidable war-fighting force, almost back to the strength they had been previously. But, notice, the two Houses are numbered separately: House of Israel and House of Judah.
Now they are all set and ready to go and utterly destroy Amalek as Father commanded.
15:5 Saul’s strategy.
I Samuel 15:5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. -> Laid wait in the valley=This means that Saul and the Israelite Army set an ambush for the Amalekites in to more easily defeat them.
It is in the next verse where Saul lies, and completely breaks Father's commands. How can I say this? Let's turn to Numbers 24 and read what Father says. Numbers 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable and said, “Amalek was the first of the nations; But his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.” [24:21] And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, “Strong is thy dwelling place, And thou puttest thy nest in a rock.” -> This is directed directly at satan’s children through Eve: Cain and his offspring. Who is the “rock” (notice the lower case “r”) they put their trust in, none other than their father satan, not the True Rock, Christ. [24:22] Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.” -> Yes, Father will destroy those kenites in the future. Why? Because they carried out their father satan ’s plan, which unwittingly to them was our Father’s plan, to crucify Him when He came as Christ.
How will Father destroy these kenites? Check out the word “wasted” in the Hebrew it is word number H1197 - bâ‛ar, pronounced - baw-ar' and means: A primitive root; to kindle, that is, consume (by fire or by eating); also (as denominative from H1198) to be (become) brutish: - be brutish, bring (put, take) away, burn, (cause to) eat (up), feed, heat, kindle, set ([on fire]), waste.. In other words to consume by fire, and Who and what is our Father? Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.. So, Father wanted the kenites also completely utterly destroyed. Will Saul comply?
15:6 Saul’s call to the Kenites.
15:6 The Kenites kindness to Israel.
I Samuel 15:6 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. -> Saul said to the kenites..."for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt." This is an out-and-out lie, and also goes completely against Father and His command. I challenge anybody to show me in Father's Word where the kenites aided the Israelites when Father led them up out of Egypt.
The kenites are the offspring of satan through his seduction of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Don't believe me? Then read Father's Word: Genesis 3and see for yourself. The word kenite in the Hebrew in the Strong's Concordance is Hebrew word number H7014 - קין - Qayin, pronounced - kah'-yin, and means: The same as H7013 (with a play upon the affinity to H7069); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Palestine, and of an Oriental tribe: - Cain, Kenite (-s)., the first child born to Eve and to find the identity of his offspring we next turn to H7017 - קיני קיני - qêynıy or qıynıy, pronounced - kay-nee', or kee-nee', and means: Patronymic from H7014; a Kenite or member of the tribe of Kajin: - Kenite..
The first time the kenites are mentioned (by name) in Father's Word is in Genesis 15:19 when Father tells Abram that He is going to send his (Abram's) offspring down into Egypt for 400 hundred years, and when He brings them back out, He will give them the land that Abram was standing on at the time Father was talking with him. Also on that land were those who were mating and mixing with the second influx of the fallen angels; the kenites, the Kenizzites (another of the offspring of cain H7013), the Kadmonites (another of cain’s offspring, this band can be found in H6931 - קדמני קדמוני - qadmonıy, qadmonıy, pronounced - kad-mo-nee', or kad-mo-nee', and means: From H6930; (of time) anterior or (of place) oriental: - ancient, they that went before, east, (thing of) old. , who was it that Father send east of Eden to be a wanderer? Cain.), the Hittites (these mixed in with the Israelites in Joshua 9), the Perizzites (inhabitant of the open country, open country – wanderer, vagabond - cain), the Rephaims (offspring of the giants and flesh women – cain’s female descendants), the Amorites, the Canaanites (Canaan was the son of Noah’s wife and her son Ham, making him Noah’s step-son and grandson and it was for this reason that Noah banished him from living near them. The canaanites are canaan’s descendants and they can be found in the Strong’s under Hebrew word number H3669 - כּנעני - kena‛anıy, pronounced - ken-ah-an-ee', and means: Patrial from H3667; a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan; by implication a pedlar (the Canaanites standing for their neighbors the Ishmaelites, who conducted mercantile caravans): - Canaanite, merchant, trafficker), the Girgashites (dwelling on a clayey soil), and the Jebusites (descendants of canaan). It is for this reason Father says in Numbers 24 that "the kenite shall be wasted."
The kenites, because of Saul's not destroying them here, and because of the Hittites who deceived Joshua into allowing them to live and live amongst the Israelites, allowed the kenites to slip in with them and we can read what they then did in I Chronicles 2:55, they had taken over the scribeship for the House of Israel; they became "the Book-keepers," and then later as can be read in Ezra and Nehemiah the priests. Ezra found them out and told them they were finished being the priests; however, over time the priests became lazy again and they re-took over the priesthood and it was they who were in charge of the church (for the most part) at the time of Jesus' birth and when he walked in the flesh, it was also they (the kenites, not the "Jews") who crucified Jesus, but, they made sure the House of Judah took and got the blame.
15:7-35 disobedience of Saul
15:7-35 DISOBEDIENCE OF SAUL (Alternation and Introversion.)
15:7-9 Saul’s sin.
I Samuel 15:7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah (circular) until thou comest to Shur (a wall), that is over against Egypt. -> Saul and the 220,000 man Israelite Army went to work and slaughtered the Amalekites. Of course, man cannot take all the credit as Father's hand was in this, but, we see at this point against the Amalekites Saul was being obedient to Father. But, sadly, as we're about to read, that is about to change.
Havilah=(1) A part of Eden through which flowed the river Pison (Araxes). It was probably the Grecian Colchis, in the northeast corner of Asia Minor, near the Caspian Sea. (2) A district in Arabia Felix (Genesis 10:7), named from the second son of Cush; probably the district of Kualan, in the northwestern part of Yemen.
Shur= A place just outside the eastern border of Egypt. Shur is first mentioned in the narrative of Haggar’s flight from Sarah in Genesis 16:7. Abraham afterward "dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar" (Genesis 20:1). Locally it is also called Ethami, though you won't find it named such in Father's Word. However, the wilderness of Shur was entered into by the Israelites after they had crossed the Red Sea (Exodus 15:22-23), where it was also called the wilderness of Etham (Numbers 33:8). Shur may have been a territory town east of the ancient head of the Red Sea; and from its being spoken of as a limit, it was probably the last Arabian town before entering Egypt.
In the next verses we'll see of another of Saul's disobeying of Father.
I Samuel 15:8 And he took Agag (flame)the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. -> Father told Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites; man, woman, child and animals. He said nothing about capturing the king or any other of the Amalekites. So we see that Saul is defying and rejecting Father and His commands. He will have to answer for his acts of disobedience. This is the point we must learn from this, that we are to obey Father completely.
I Samuel 15:9 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. -> The reason for Saul and the people not obeying Father in killing the king and the flocks isn't mentioned or stated, but here is the bottom line; Saul was the king of Israel, and Father issued His command to the king. But when the battle started and Saul and the people saw the riches which were stored up by the Amalekites, Saul changed the orders that YHVH had given to him. Saul allowed only the vile and refuse to be destroyed, while the people saved the good cattle and kept all that was of value. So who was responsible for this sin that was going on? Saul was and he will pay for his disobedience.
The people cried and whined for a man to rule over them (can you see the similarity from this past November's Presidential Election? Not once, but, three times during the DNC the people rejected Father, well, they got their man king, their messiah, Obama), and Father gave them Saul, a man who couldn't find his own donkey. Saul was the one who was ultimately responsible to see that YHVH's commands were carried out. The people saw that the lambs were very healthy, and the oxen were bigger than those which were back home. There are all sorts of excuses that can be made for not killing the cattle and lambs and not doing away with king Agag; but, the fact remains that Father's order was to destroy it all, and they did not.
Saul and the people convinced themselves that is was evil to kill off good animals, and to justify their actions, they made something religious out of their evil act. They said we will sacrifice some of the animals to God. Just as many people today think
that in the name of religion, the sins they commit make it all right. For they say "I'm doing it all for God." This is how people think, and it was no different than as it is today. But it still doesn't make it right, not in the eyes of Father. He commanded, "Utterly destroy every one of them; man and woman, child and suckling, sheep, camel and ass, yet they saved out the best for themselves because of their greed.
And=Did you notice all the "and(s)" in this verse? This is what's known as a polysyndeton, meaning that is much more taking place in this verse that what has been said.
15:10-11 Repentance of YHVH.
I Samuel 15:10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, -> If Saul thought Father didn't see their actions and disobedience, they were wrong. Father immediately comes to the priest He had anoint Saul king to tell him what He thinks of Saul's defiance and the price that he'll have to pay for it.
15:11 Sorrow of Samuel.
I 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. -> It repenteth Me=This doesn't mean that Father was changing His mind; it means that Father, YHVH, is angry with Saul's disobedience and sorrowful concerning the sin which has been committed by him and the people.
Upon hearing Father say these things to him, Samuel prayed all night long to Father, concerning the matter, praying that He would be merciful on Saul and the people. The people will be safe for the time being and will each have to go to Father and repent of their sins; however, Saul is in a different category, he is the king, he is responsible for seeing that Father's commandments are carried out. Therefore he will pay for his sins almost immediately, not quite as quickly as Nadab and Abihu, but quick enough.
15:12-13 Journey to Saul.
I Samuel 15:12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul came to Carmel (fruitful place or park), and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.” -> He set him up a place=In the Hebrew this translates to "hand." Meaning he (Saul) either marked his claim on the place or he set up a memorial or monument in honor for their slaughter of the Amalekites. This is the same as Absalom does in II Samuel 18:18, where he had set up a pillar to and for himself.
Saul has all the spoils of war and he is now departed back to the people of the kingdom to spread these rewards around.
15:13-33 Saul’s reproof.
15:13-33 SAUL’S REPROOF. (Division.)
15:13-31 By Samuel’s word.
15:13-33 BY SAMUEL’S WORD (Alternations and Introversions.)
15:13 Saul’s self-commendation.
I 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.” -> Upon Samuel's arrival, Saul immediately comes to him all full of himself, thinking both Father and Samuel will be pleased with what they have done; he just doesn't know how wrong he is, how thin the ice he's skating on really is. But, he's about to find out.
I have performed the commandment of the LORD=Saul is lying to Father, to Samuel and to himself as he did not perform the commandment of the LORD; he did not utterly destroy the Amalekites, he left the king alive and kept the animals. Father does not like liars, whether they be a king or a president, and boy we sure do have one in office right now. It seems everything that comes out of his mouth, is a lie.
This "blessed be thou of the LORD" is showing us that Saul is trying to hide his conscientiousness of his sin with a feigned friendly greeting.
15:14 Saul’s condemnation.
I Samuel 15:14 And Samuel said, “What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” -> Samuel immediately hears the cries of the lambs and goats and oxen; and asks Saul "why" he is hearing them. Saul for his part now knows that he has been caught in his lie, and what does a liar usually do when they're caught? They tell another lie to cover the one(s) they've already told, and that is exactly what Saul is about to do in the next verse.
15:15 Saul’s self-justification.
I Samuel 15:15 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.” -> They have brought them="They" casting off any of the guilt from himself, and placing all of it squarely on the shoulders of his men. As a leader of men myself, I know all too well that when things go well, the leader receives the glory (though a good one puts it back onto his men), and they also are the recipients of the criticism and disgrace when things go wrong.
Spared the best...to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed=Oh doesn't this sound oh so religious?! They saved the very best to offer as thanksgiving to the LORD. This is about as religious as what many church houses do today: "pass the plate, and pass it again." Think about what they have done though, they "offered as sacrifice" the very best of the livestock to Father, but who ate the sacrifice? The people, who had no authorization or right to do so, it was the priests only who were to partake of this portion of the sacrifice. Besides, these animals were to be utterly destroyed, in layman's terms, they were banned or as a minimum to be set aside or "devoted" to Father, therefore according to Leviticus 27:28-29, they are "most holy" and are Father's and not mans, and they are not allowed to be redeemed, but shall be put to death. Likewise also, since they were already set aside for Father; that then makes them Father's and you cannot offer-up something to Father that is already His.
Notice also though that Saul again says "thy God," disclaiming Father.
Lies breed lies, until nothing remains but a flood of lies. This should remind you of satan and the end of this Age. Saul now blames his men for his own greed and lusts; The people, "they have brought them"; "The people spared the best..." and so on. Lie heaped upon lie, when all the time he, Saul was the king, and his word was the final authority. Saul's sin; was his allowing those under him to sin, when he could have and should have, stopped it. Saul's sin was in his not following the commandment of YHVH.
Notice the reason which Saul has given for his disobeying Father. It was because he and the people had made a “spiritual thing” out of their disobedience; thinking that that in the end, it would please Father. “Religion” is nothing more than man's thinking as applied to Father's plan, and there is only one thing wrong with it: It is not what YHVH ordered. We must learn to discern between “what seems good to man,” and what YHVH orders through His Word. The ability to do this is what is called "discipline."
Sadly, there is very little discipline in most of the church houses today, whereby their words, deeds and actions no-longer align with the Word of God. We have too many preachers who are trying to tickle the ears of their congregations, telling the people want they want to hear, not what Father’s Word says. They are all wrapped up in emotions, and they tell the people whatever makes them feel go and will draw their families and their pocket books to the meeting place. This is not; loving the people, but that was what happened with Saul.
Disobedience to Father is running rampant in our nation today. Our Elected Officials no longer do what is correct or right for our Nation, i.e. following our Creator’s Laws, Commandments, Statutes and Ordinances. Our Judiciary is no longer concerned with judging according to Father’s Laws but now judge by “precedent,” how some other non-God fearing judge ruled on a case. All of them are now concerned with staying in Office, in power than being pleasing to Father, they have become men pleasers. They have skewed the polls by the commercial pollsters, bought and paid for by men and women trying to get their way. They profit from the lies and sins that they are committing. The sodomites have their polls, the bankers have their polls, the press and magazines have theirs, and each poll is skewed to the thinking of those that paid for the poll.
The problem with Saul was that he turned from his humble beginnings as king and went back to his ways before Father had Samuel anoint him; in other words, he could no longer “find his donkey” because he no longer sought the truth from Father, much like many church houses today. It is real sad to see what man will accept in the name of religion. That is how religions and denominations are formed, by man changing “something of God” into “his own desires and accepting that distortion as being of God.” In time that substitute religion will grow so far away from the truth that the people accept their traditions, a product of men, as the truth from God's Word, when in fact it is nothing but a lie.
When you are pleasing the Father; in the end, you will also be pleasing to the people. If pleasing Father does is not please the People, then they are not your people anyway, for Father's children want to hear the truth and be pleasing to Him. They know that when they please Father they will be blessed of and by Him. If you don't teach discipline and stay focused in teaching the Word of God in your ministry, than you have failed miserably as a religious leader.
15:16-19 Message from YHVH.
I Samuel 15:16 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.” -> Stay=Here Samuel tells Saul, the king, to stop his non-sense, stop his lies and accept his responsibility for what he has done. Will Saul harken? No, he does not, sadly.
Samuel tells Saul that he has enquired of Father as to what shall happen with Saul, and will now tell him what Father said. Saul for his part, tells Samuel to tell him, he's ready to hear, listen and obey. I doubt it, I don't think he'll like hearing what Father and Samuel tell him.
I Samuel 15:17 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? -> Little in thine own sight=In other words; up to the point and right after Father had me anoint you to be king, you were a humble man. Remember what Saul had said to Samuel when Samuel told him he was to be king? I Samuel 9:21 And Saul answered and said, “Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?.
I Samuel 15:18 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.’ -> The LORD sent thee on a journey...=What did Father tell Saul to do in verse v15:3 of this chapter? I Samuel 15:3 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.’”.
Samuel is reminding Saul, that those were Father's instructions to him and he failed to carry those instructions out. He rebelled against The Almighty.
I Samuel 15:19 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?” -> You cannot con Father, He sees all and knows all even the hearts of His children. He knew that Saul and the men planned to keep the animals for themselves, to add to their livestock, their sheep-pens. He knew they thought it was a waste to kill these good animals; but, in thinking such, those thoughts were rebellious to Father, and went against His will and His plan.
15:20-21 Saul’s self-justification.
I Samuel 15:20 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. -> I have obeyed the LORD...I have brought Agag the king=This is a lie as Father never said to keep the king alive and bring him to Him. We see that Saul is saying the "he obeyed" Father, we're about to witness, yet again, that he places the blame on somebody else, never taking the responsibility onto himself. Will Saul ever learn?
This reminds me so much of listening our current occupier of the White House; the usurper-in-charge himself, obama. All he has done since he moved in has been to lay the blame for everything on everybody else, and not recognize his own failures.
I Samuel 15:21 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.” -> The people=Here again, it's somebody else, this time it's "the people." Remember Saul is the king of Israel, the people do what "he says, this means they were following his orders, but he'll not admit that. Saul obviously has no conscience, integrity, morals or scruples.
15:22-23 Samuel’s refutation.
I Samuel 15:22 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. -> Hath the LORD as great delight in...Think long and hard about this question and then answer it with common sense and intelligence. The answer is a resounding, no. Father does not get anywhere near as much delight from burnt offerings and sacrifices, as he does from those who obey His Word! He told us this in Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy (love or lovingkindness) and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.. And guess what, I have a little something for you, you can only obey His Word if you know His Word. How do you get to know His Word? It isn't by going to a church building and sitting in a pew listening to a preacher tell stories, it's by reading it and studying it. He knows who has and who hasn't done so and He even challenges us to come to Him to prove to Him that we have. How? Isaiah 43:26 Put Me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou may be justified. -> In the New Testament Timothy also said pretty much the same thing: II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth..
I do hope you were paying attention; because, there was much meat in this verse, and we should apply every bit of it to our lives. "Behold," in other words, listen to what I am about to say. To “hearken" is to listen and then act upon those instructions, to Father, these are far better than making sacrifices. Father gets tired of burnt offerings or today “religious practices,” especially when those religious practices cause people to disobey what He has instructed them to do in the first place. The only reason that people make and set up their religious practices is because they are ignorant of what His Word actually says.
Today we have so-called preachers who tell their people that they don't have to read and know what is in the Old Testament, or the Book of Revelation. They tell their people; “those things were in the past and Father made a new Covenant when He sent Jesus. They also tell them that “they will be gone when those things written of in the Book of Revelation come to pass, therefore, those things don't apply to you anyway." Both of these are lies and a fabrication, and are not from Father's Word. The very word "Revelation" means to reveal and make known to a people that will live and see those things as they transpire, so that they will not be caught up on the deception of the last days of this Flesh Age. When you understand the book of Revelation, you will know exactly what will take place in the final generation of this Earth Age so that you will not be deceived by satan when he comes in his role of the pretend-to-be-jesus. It also prepares the Father’s Elect so that we will be ready when we are delivered-up to satan to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us. A Spiritual war is fast approaching like as only seen at the end of the First Earth Age and as can be read in Revelation 13:1-9, our adversary, satan, will come with his angels in the latter days to deceiving the entire world. We are living in the final days of this Second Earth Age, the Age of Flesh man, and those things of the Scriptures prophesied to the final generation were written just for our generation.
When the fifth trumpet sounded, which we are living in today, Father gave a commandment to satan, Lucifer the fallen star, in Revelation 9:4-5 that when he comes to earth with his fallen angels (the nephilim), he can have his way with all the people on earth, but not to His elect. Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither the green thing, neither any tree: but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. [9:5] And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. -> The "seal of God" is what is prophesied in the Bible concerning the final days. What is in your forehead? Of course it is your mind, and when Father's Word concerning satan in his role as antichrist is fixed firmly in your mind, you will not be deceived by satan and become one of his brides at his coming. Anyone who teaches others that parts of Father's Word are not true and don't apply to us: other than those blood sacrifices that were fulfilled in the blood of Christ, has taken the “mark in the hand and is a working as one of satan workers. Those preachers are no better than Saul here in I Samuel 15, when he tried to butter the people up and allow them to go against Father's plan. Father demands and expects obedience, and He holds His teachers personally accountable for everything they teach. Learn to think for yourself, to study and translate His Word, so that others won’t have to translate it for you and thereby deceive you with false teachings.
I Samuel 15:23 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.” -> Sin of witchcraft=This means divination or trying to predict the future by chance or any other such means.
Stubbornness is as iniquity=After they offered up their sacrifices they often went right back to doing what they had been doing and that angered Father. Let's listen to Him tell it: Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and a sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto Me. -> Conscious and deliberate rebellion to or against Father is the same as idolatry.
Thou hast rejected the Word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee=This is the bottom line, not only for Saul but for the preachers of today and also for the people of this Age. Reject Father and His Word and He will reject you. The good news for you is that He will not and does not judge us while we are still in our flesh bodies, only after we have returned Home to Him and are in our spiritual bodies and only after Jesus' 1,000 year teaching period known as the Millennium.
15:24-25 Saul’s confession.
I Samuel 15:24 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. -> I feared the people, and obeyed their voice=This is a problem that has been around since Father created us: listening to, obeying and trying to please others and not Father. It's why we are in the Flesh Age today: satan rebelled and one third of Father's children went with him, another third sat-on-the-fence waiting to see who would win the war, Father or satan. And for those of you who think that the other third stayed and loved and obeyed Father; think again, because that isn't what happened either, the other third told Father with their mouths that they loved Him; however, their actions of not fighting for Him showed Him that their love for Him wasn't so deep after all. He had the choice: destroy His children, or destroy the Age that was and bring in this Age of Flesh. Now, I say "He had a choice;" however, as we read in John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -> It was written long before any of this transpired, He had to give us free-will in that First Earth Age, otherwise we would have just been little lemmings walking around saying, "I love You God," but not really feeling so with our hearts. You wouldn't want your children that way and neither did Father.
This is also the problem in most church houses today, the preachers tickle the ears of their congregations, telling them only what the people want to hear, not the truth in His Word. It's so very sad that man likes to please man whom they can see and not Father. Do you know where this really hits home and saddened Father? Jeremiah 35. In that chapter Father told Jeremiah to take those who claim to be Israelites (they were the Rechabites), take them into His House, the Temple, take them into a room and give them wine to drink. Wine of course is symbolic of Jesus' blood of which Christians partake when we partake of Holy Communion. Of course Father knew what they would say, "that they'll drink no wine because their father (lower case "f" meaning not God but satan) told them to never drink wine." Father, YHVH, is angry with them; however, he at least respected them because they were so obedient to their father, and our Father wishes His children were this obedient to Him.
I Samuel 15:25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.” -> These past two verses show us how most people react when they finally come to the realization that they have erred before YHVH, but as with Saul here, it is only for a short while and then they'll go right back to what they were doing to begin with. So, in other words, it is an artificial repentance, a sham. But, guess what? YHVH will not be mocked and you cannot con Him.
Here Saul does truly have a repentant heart; however, sadly, the evil spirit of jealousy or whichever will come back onto him and he'll go right back to wanting to kill Father's anointed, David. Remember, Father knows the hearts of His children. He knows if we are going to do good or devise evil. He knows what Saul is about to do, receive forgiveness and then again reject the commandment of YHVH. This should put you in mind of Three verses; one in the Old Testament, and two in the New. The two in the New Testament Matthew 15:8 and Mark 7:6 are where our Lord Jesus gives credence to the prophet Isaiah who wrote Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, “Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men: -> Most people "say" they love Father; however their actions "show" differently, much like Saul is about to show.
Turn again with me=Saul sensed that Samuel was about to go to his home in Ramah, leaving Saul on his on. Saul realized that if Samuel left, Father left and Saul would again be out of YHVH's plan and will. So Saul asks Samuel to stay with him. The real reason Saul wants Samuel to stay with him is so that it will not be known amongst Israel that Father has rejected him, in other words, for self preservation.
15:26-29 Sentence of YHVH.
I Samuel 15:26 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.” -> Thou hast rejected...the LORD...the LORD hath rejected thee from being king=Here we see the love of our Father for His children. Did Samuel say that Father completely rejected Saul? No. Samuel told Saul that Father rejected him from being His anointed over His Children, Israel.
Saul has several ways he can go with this, both good and bad. He can completely reject what Father has just told him and continue to lead Israel, which Father of course won't allow, or, he can accept what Father has just told him, that he will no longer be the king and therefore accept that the new king and assist him in the performance of his newly assigned duties. Which will he do?
I Samuel 15:27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. -> He laid hold of his mantle=Saul did not accept what Father told him, he wanted to remain king. He, like satan, rejected YHVH and placed himself and his will above Fathers. When Samuel turned to leave him, he reached out his hand and grabbed ahold of the edge of Samuel's robe, he probably didn't mean for it to rip; however, that's exactly what happened, and in doing so, he signed his own death warrant, so to speak.
I Samuel 15:28 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. -> Rent the kingdom of Israel from thee...and hath given it to a neighbor of thine=Understand what just happened here. A minute ago, Father only told Saul that he would no longer be the king of Israel, now, Father just told Saul that not only will he not be king, neither will any of his sons. A man from a different house will now be the king of Israel. Just as in the verse previous Saul "rent" Samuel's robe, here Father "rends" or rips the kingdom from Saul and his house. Of course, we know the history of our forefathers and we know this new king to be David.
Will Saul now accept what Father has just told him? No, sadly he will not accept it, he again will try and place his will above Fathers and kill off YHVH's anointed in order to have one of his own sons sit on the throne. What a "type" for satan we see in Saul here.
I Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for He is not a man, that He should repent.” -> The strength of Israel=Nezah in the Hebrew, The Eternal One, a divine Title. The strength of Israel is YHVH; and if you don't have Him on your side, you have no strength, no power, or no might. Our strength comes from the power we have in Jesus. With Him our enemies cannot stand before us, not even satan or the evil spirits.
For He is not a man, that He should repent=Our Father is not double-minded; He is unchangeable, He is the same today and tomorrow, and as Paul tells us in the New Testament: Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever..
15:30 Saul’s confession and request.
I Samuel 15:30 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.” -> Two phrases to pay attention to in this verse: "my people" and "thy God." In verses v15:15 and v15:21 Saul refused to call the people "his" because he was trying to separate himself from his sin and place the blame on them, but now, here, he wants to show still, that he is worshipping Father in order to make it appear that Father has not rejected him as their king. Likewise also with "thy God;" Saul still refuses (though he wants Father's favor and to not reject him) to accept YHVH as "his" God. Saul wants things both ways, which we cannot have. We either accept Father, His Will and His ways, or we reject Him which Saul has done.
15:31 Samuel’s compliance.
15:31 Saul’s worship.
I Samuel 15:31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD. -> Samuel loved Saul; however, Samuel knew that because of Saul's sins of rejecting Father, he had been rejected by YHVH and would no longer be king over Israel. Yes, he'll do worship with Saul, but, he also knows that Saul is still trying to keep secret from the people the fact that Father has rejected him, therefore Samuel will not stay by Saul's side, and because he does not, the people will know that YHVH has also left Saul.
Before he goes, Samuel has one more task to complete. Pay attention to "who" is going to do "what."
15:32-33 By Samuel’s action.
I Samuel 15:32 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.” -> Samuel tells Saul to bring Agag, whom Saul was to kill with the rest of the Amalekites, to him so that "he" can carry-out and fulfill Father's will. Notice, this is a "man of God" doing this, much like it is why the Levites became the priests of YHVH. Father chose them back in Exodus 32 after the people convinced Aaron (who did remain the first high priest) to fashion a golden calf for them to worship while Moses was up on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments from YHVH. Moses came down from the mountain, throwing down the stone tables as he came and said to the people, "who is on the LORD's side, let him come to me." The Levites joined Moses and they then went and slew about 3,000 to quench Father's anger. So, never let anybody tell falsely that Father considers "killing" a sin; murder, yes, but killing in self-defense or to protect the Word of God, no.
Delicately=Delightfully, joyously or contented. You may ask why Agag was taking so much pleasure in coming before Samuel the priest. It's because he thought (surely the bitterness of death is past) the threat of being killed was behind him, and his life was being spared. Wrong.
I Samuel 15:33 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. -> Samuel tells Agag that for the acts that he and the Amalekites did to the Israelites back in the wilderness, he is a murderer and now the reparation for that crime will be carried out. "Capital Punishment" is of Father, He demands it, and is a very spiritual thing for it is following the commandments of YHVH. Just as Agag and his men made many Israelite women childless, so now Samuel will make Agag's mother childless among women, her son Agag is about to be cut by the sword.
This sacrifice pleased YHVH, as does any obeying of Father. Agag was cut into pieces by Samuel the prophet, a man of YHVH and that was part of what made him a “man of YHVH” carrying out Father's Will.
This then ends the matter, for Samuel the man of God, the priest, fulfilled the order that Father had given to Saul, the king. The king was required to take over the duties of the judge, but Saul failed, and when that happened, the priest of God and to complete the duties of the king. Capital Punishment is supposed to be the duty of the government, and who is the government? The king. The church and state are to be separate offices, but they are to work hand-in-hand and walk in lock-step with each other, not against each other as the secular world today thinks.
15:34-35 Departure from Saul.
I Samuel 15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. -> Samuel goes to his house and Saul goes to his, a parting of the ways. Samuel loved Saul, however, he knew that Father was not and would not change His mind concerning Saul.
15:35 Sorrow of Samuel.
15:35 Repentance of YHVH.
I Samuel 15:35 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. -> Came no more to see Saul until the day of his death=The day of Samuel's death. In other words, until the day that Samuel died, he never again went and saw Saul.
Samuel mourned for Saul=Proving Samuel's love for the king. He was saddened that Saul had fallen so far away from Father, it broke Samuel's heart, but I think it broke it even more for the Nation of Israel, because their very first man king rejected and turned his back on YHVH. Sad also is the fact that we never read of Saul mourning for himself, for his turning away from Father.
The LORD repented that He had made Saul king=Sorrowful yes, but it isn't to say that He would have done it any other way. Remember Father knew beforehand what Saul would do, He knew He selected Saul, a man who "couldn't find his own donkey," as the first man king of Israel. He did this for a purpose, to show the Israelites what a man would or wouldn't do for them. He did it to prove that point, did we hear of the people calling out to Father that they reject a man and want Him back as their King? No, sadly they did not, and even to this day man is still rejecting Father and His King.