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The Lord Rejects Saul

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in 1 Samuel 15, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once upon a time, a man named Saul was chosen by God to be the king of Israel. One day, the prophet Samuel came to Saul and told him that God wanted him to go to a place called Amalek and completely destroy everything there, including all the people and animals.

Samuel said, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'”

Saul and his army went to Amalek and defeated them, but Saul decided to keep the king alive and also kept some of the animals.

When Samuel found out what Saul had done, he was very upset. He told Saul, “What is this that I hear? Why have you not obeyed the Lord? You were supposed to destroy everything!”

Saul replied, “But I did destroy most of the things! I kept some of the animals so we could sacrifice them to God.”

Samuel said, “Does the Lord want sacrifices more than obedience? No, He wants you to do exactly what He says. Because you have not obeyed the Lord’s command, He has rejected you as king.”

Saul said, “I am sorry. Please forgive me and come with me to worship the Lord.”

Samuel replied, “I cannot go with you. The Lord has rejected you as king. You must leave the throne and let someone else take your place.”

Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.” Agag came to him cheerfully, thinking he had been spared. But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

As a punishment, Saul lost his throne, and the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

Biblical Lessons

  • God expects us to obey His commands even if we do not fully understand them.
  • Disobedience to God’s commands can result in serious consequences.
  • It is important to listen to wise leaders and seek forgiveness when we make mistakes.

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