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1 Samuel 15 - NIV

The Lord Rejects Saul as King

1 Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord.

2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.

3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[a] all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”

4 So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah.

5 Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.

6 Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.

7 Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt.

8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.

9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves[b] and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel:

11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.

12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”

13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”


a. 1 Samuel 15:3 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 8, 9, 15, 18, 20 and 21.
b. 1 Samuel 15:9 Or the grown bulls; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

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Shared by: Robert Webb on Sep, 2016
Summary: Many times we do God’s will so long as we see the sense of it and agree with it, yet we feel free to change it around a little to suit our lives ignoring His commands.
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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Mar, 2016
Summary: Avoid these pitfalls of disobedience - the temptation to rationalize it, to belittle it, to blame it, to give excuses for it, to please man rather than God.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Rev. Clarence Eisberg on Oct, 2015
Summary: Game of Thrones would well have been the title of I & II Kings in our Bible. Israel's desire to be ruled by a king was tainted by their worldly aspirations and would bring heavy, painful consequences until God’s true King arrived in Bethlehem.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:12
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Views: 532
Madana Kumar, PhD avatar
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Shared by: Madana Kumar, PhD on Jun, 2015
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Shared by: Edward Hardee on Jun, 2015
Summary: A message about the importance of dealing with generational curses (things we pick up from family). Different angle.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 898
Steve Klein avatar
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Shared by: Steve Klein on May, 2015
Summary: While no serious Christian would overtly condone idolatry, we do something just as bad by allowing stubbornness to rule our hearts or the hearts of others.
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Mar, 2015
Summary: Since Christians are saved by grace, does it matter if we disobey?
Series: 1 Samuel
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Mar, 2015
Summary: Are we serious about hearing God?
Series: 1 Samuel
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Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Mar, 2014
Summary: The Story takes us to 1 Samuel chapters 1-15! The rise of Samuel and the fall of a leader.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:1-15:8
Views: 1,411
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Shared by: James R. Rice on Feb, 2014
Summary: Confession of sin is an absolute necessity to restore fellowship between God and His children. However, many confess their sins, but receive no forgiveness. The message reveals different types of confessions.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:4
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Views: 422
Damian Phillips avatar
Obedience, Not Sacrifice
Shared by: Damian Phillips on Oct, 2013
Summary: Saul disobeyed the Lord and expected Him to be pleased with his offering. God is more pleased by obedience. Many times we can disobey God and be blinded to our own sin. The purpose of this message is to help us become aware of disobedience.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
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Jason Smith avatar
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Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2013
Summary: ALL THROUGH THE BIBLE ... THERE ARE STATEMENTS DESIGNED TO MAKE US AWARE OF POTENTIAL DANGER. One such warning is in Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2013
Summary: How to loose all we have from the Lord.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 483
Gordon Curley avatar
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Feb, 2013
Summary: The disobedience of King Saul and his rejection. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-35
Denomination: Brethren
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Martin Holland avatar
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Shared by: Martin Holland on Jan, 2013
Summary: The actions of Saul gives classic lesson on obedience by his disobedience.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:12-24
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Views: 717
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Shared by: Ron Geisler on Aug, 2012
Summary: Message to encourage and motivate men to deeper discipleship.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-16:1
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,928
Craig Benner avatar
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Shared by: Craig Benner on Jul, 2012
Summary: There is a cover up going on, but it won't last long. God already is in the know. It is just a matter of time. You need to deal with some issues and you need to do it now.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-31
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 759
Daren Mitchell avatar
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Shared by: Daren Mitchell on May, 2012
Summary: "I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live."
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Shared by: Edward Hardee on Oct, 2011
Summary: Message about how our obedience is better than our sacrifice.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
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Views: 3,491
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on May, 2011
Summary: Partial obedience is disobedience. Disobedience is the same as witchcraft.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
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Views: 2,611
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Shared by: Arnoldo Torres on Nov, 2009
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-28
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Views: 2,928
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Shared by: Shawn Drake on Aug, 2009
Summary: This is the 6th sermon in the series Pot Holes. What are you replacing God with?
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-35
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Views: 1,387
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Shared by: Jeff Strite on May, 2009
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Shared by: Eloy Gonzalez on Mar, 2009
Summary: Lent Mid-week 2: Message based on (but not adapted from) Concordia Publishing House mid-week lenten series. Saul was chosen to be the Leader of God’s people. By choosing to disobey God, he lost God’s blessing and his position as king. Our King of kings
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:10-23
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Views: 3,324
Steve Ely avatar
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Shared by: Steve Ely on Oct, 2008
Summary: We claim to be free, but are we? This power packed message deals with the things that keeps us bound!
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-31
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 5,099
Ed Wood avatar
Shared by: Ed Wood on Aug, 2008
Summary: A message demonstrating the necessity of obedience to God.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,185
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Shared by: Dean O'Bryan on Jul, 2008
Summary: 3rd in a series on King Saul, "Portrait of a Politician" -- looking at Saul’s failed leadership.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-34
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,285