Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15: 9-23
“Samuel went to the town of Carmel to set up a monument to himself; then he went to Gilgal.” By doing this, Saul was giving honour to himself contrary to Moses and Joshua, who gave all credit to God. Saul thought he had won a great victory over the Amalekites, but God saw it as a great failure because Saul had disobeyed him and then lied to Samuel about the results of the battle. Perhaps Saul may have taught that his lies may never be detected or that what he did was not wrong. He was simply deceiving himself.
Pride and foolishness made Saul take the law into his hands. He forgot that he was a king under God and not of himself. He confessed to Samuel in vs 24, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.” Do you see that he feared the people more than he feared God? The Bible says that the reverential fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). Saul was foolish and this cost him the throne. God rejected him and his descendants and gave the throne to a more loyal servant, David. The Word of God says in Prov. 26:12, “Do you see a man who thinks himself wise? There is more hope for a fool than him!” This is the perfect description for Saul. Some of us today are just like Saul. we think we know more than God and are constantly twisting the Word of God to suit our perverse ways. When we leave our parents to rot in the village while donating millions of naira to the church. It is good to donate to the church, it is also required of us to care for our parents.
The unfortunate thing about all this is that Saul probably taught that he was doing the right thing. The Scripture says in Proverbs 18:1, “The one who isolates himself follows his own whims, and is annoyed at other’s advice.”
MASS: GREEN Rev 20:1-4.11-21:2; Ps 84:3.4.5-6a and 8a (R.21:3b); Accl Lk 21:28; Gospel Lk 21:29-33
1. Rebellion and stubbornness are serious sins. I beseech you Most Holy Father to be merciful to me in every way I have been rebellious or stubborn to You. In Exodus 22:18, You, O Lord, equates rebellion with witchcraft and idolatry and worthy of the death penalty. Holy Father grant me and all holding position of responsibilities in Your church the grace to eschew these vices in the name of Jesus.
Exercise: Note, Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Meditation: 1Samuel 15:27-28