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OBEDIENCE, BETTER THAN SACRIFICE
(by Rev.John Hartman)

1 Samuel 15:2-3
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. 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.


1 Samuel 15:7-9
And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and utterly destroy all the people with the edge of the sword.
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 everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.


Sometimes the things that God ask us to do are things that doesn't make sense whatsoever. In 1 Samuel 15:2-3, God asked Saul to wipe out the Amalekites, which sounded too harsh and hard to comprehend. Saul decided to do just part of what had been asked from him, he wiped out all the Amalekites, but spared the king and the best of the cattle. Out of his own initiative, he decided to disobey God.

The word came to the prophet Samuel, the one who in the beginning anointed Saul to become king, and the reason, he said for Saul action was:

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? - 1 Samuel 15:17 -

In the beginning Saul was a HUMBLE man (he was little in his own sight), even though his outward appearance was good.

1 Samuel 9:1-2 (KJV) - Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
Verse 2 (AMP) - Kish had a son named Saul, a choice young man and handsome; among all the Israelites there was not a man more handsome than he. He was a head taller than any of the people.


He was a nobody, then. But after Samuel anointed him, he became a king, he became somebody and thought that he didnít need to obey God fully. He became PRIDEFUL.

Proverb 16:18 - Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Most of the times it was PRIDE that cause people to disobey, doubt and disbelief God's Word. It was easier to obey God when you have nothing, when you are a nobody, when you are in the dark hole. But it is when you have things, when you are a somebody, when you are in the mountain top, then it begin to feel hard to obey that same still voice of God in your spirit. You start analyzing the things that was actually simple and easy to do.

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