What possible reason could we have for not obeying the Lord?

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.14.2017 – Old Testament: 1Sa 15.18–19

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 15–16 on April 14, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord gave King Saul clear orders on what to do with the Amalekites, but he did not follow the command completely. Samuel the prophet and judge confronted the king about it,

“Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?” (1 Samuel 15.18–19). 

Saul thought he had a good reason for not doing what the Lord said, because in his mind, Saul believed that he had obeyed the Lord, and that he would honor the Lord by taking spoils to offer as sacrifices to the Lord.

Regardless of his motives, Saul did not do precisely and completely as the Lord had said. Therefore, Samuel questioned the king on why he did not obey the Lord. Saul may have thought he had a good answer, but he did not and he started going down hill.

What reason could we possibly have for not doing as the Lord commands?


  • Are you neglecting a command the Lord?
  • If so, why?

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