Improve your sermon prep with our brand new study tools! Learn all about them here.

Summary: The disobedience of King Saul and his rejection. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

  Study Tools


Both the hummingbird and the vulture fly over the desert.

• All vultures see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for.

• They thrive on that diet.

• But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals.

• Instead, they look for the colourful blossoms of desert plants.

• The vultures live on what was. They live on the past.

• They fill themselves with what is dead and gone.

• But hummingbirds live on what is. They seek new life.

• And they fill themselves with freshness and life.

• Point is - Each bird finds what it is looking for.

• And so do we all!

King Saul’s attitude was wrong:

• Like the vultures Saul was living on what was – that which was in the past!

• He himself was spiritually dead and therefore his spiritual experiences of God were dead!

• Because he no longer has any spiritual life and therefore help;

• He has and will commit a variety of sins;

• And these three sins would ultimately cost him the kingdom!


• The key word that you could write over 1 Samuel chapter 15 is Disobedience!

• In this chapter Saul seems to have one more chance to prove himself;

• But yet again Saul manages to blow it!


• In January 2006 a visitor to a British museum destroyed a set of priceless vases;

• The vases were from the Qing dynasty and were 300-years-old.

• The Daily Telegraph reported:

• The three Qing (‘q’ is pronounced as 'ch' - ching) vases,

• They were over 300 years old dating from the late 17th or early 18th century,

• And had stood on a windowsill for at least 40 years.

• Their prominent position made them among its best-known artefacts,

• The paper said.

• ‘The culprit who destroyed the vases was an unnamed man in his 40s’

• Steve Baxter, another visitor to the museum who saw the accident,

• Was quoted as saying:

• "We watched the man fall as if in slow motion.

• He landed in the middle of the vases and they splintered into a million pieces.

• He was still sitting there stunned when museum staff appeared.

• Everyone stood around in silence, as if in shock.

• Then the man started talking.

• He kept pointing to his shoelace and saying, ’There it is; that’s the culprit!’”

• Transition:

• Like that man King Saul was willing to blame anyone or anything for his failings,

• That is anyone but himself!


• Because of his disobedience, his breaking of God’s rules and his foolishness;

• King Saul lost three things.

(1). He lost his character (vs 1-21).

Key verses: 13-15:

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

14 But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?"

15 Saul answered, "The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest."”

Browse All Media

Related Media

PowerPoint Template
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion