Are you useful to YHWH? Do you listen to Him? Are you willing to follow instructions? Disciples today have a classic example from old Israel. In those days, the prophet Samuel was the kingmaker. Christians that are willing to listen to their Heavenly Father have a real lesson in this passage of scripture.
“So says YAHWEH of Hosts, ‘I will visit Amalek with what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go, and you shall strike Amalek and destroy all that he has. And you shall have no pity on him, and you shall put to death all from man to woman, from little one to suckling, from ox to sheep, from camel to donkey.’” – 1 Samuel 15:2-3, HRB
What did King Saul do?
“And Saul said to the Kenite, ‘Go! Depart! Go out from the midst of Amalek, lest I destroy you with him. For you acted with kindness toward all the sons of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.’ And the Kenite departed from the midst of Amalek. And Saul struck Amalek from Havilah, as you go to Shur, which is before Egypt. And he captured Agag the king of Amalek alive. But he exterminated all the people with the mouth of the sword. And Saul and the people had pity on Agag, and on the best of the flock, and of the herd, and the seconds, and the lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to exterminate them. But they exterminated every despised and worthless thing.” – 1 Samuel 15:6-9, HRB
King Saul played politics, putting this above YHWH. He added to YHWH’s Word by warning the Kenites. He kept King Agag and all the good things from that kingdom. Saul argued with Samuel, making excuses about sacrificing the best of the Amalekites on the altar of YHWH, the required sacrifice of that day. (“The Idolatry Factor“; “Video: What is Idolatry?“)
“And Samuel said, ‘Does YAHWEH delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of YAHWEH? Behold! Obeying is better than sacrifice; to give attention is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination (sorcery); and stubbornness is both iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of YAHWEH, so He has rejected you from being king.’” – 1 Samuel 15:22-23, HRB
Saul won a great battle, but he did not carry out YHWH’s instructions. Saul was worried about looking good to others by manufacturing circumstances that would elevate him in the eyes of others. In the process, he deceived himself by believing his own lies. (“Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; “Approved: Lie Cheat & Steal“)
As sons and heirs in YHWH’s Kingdom, disciples of Messiah are no longer expected to do the dirty work of building a nation through taking life. Instead, we build YHWH’s Kingdom by following His directive at Matthew 28:19-20. We fight a spiritual battle and teach others to do the same. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) Disciples of Messiah are to share the Word with others to build a nation of devoted believers; more leaders that will not sway from YHWH. Is this what most that claim Christianity have done? (“Christianity: A Crisis in Prayer & Spirit“; “The Modern Life Culture Crisis“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“)
This account of King Saul is the first of several places in scripture where emphasis is specifically placed on obedience rather than sacrifice. (Psalms 40:6-8; 51:16-17; Proverbs 21:3; Isaiah 1:11-17; Jeremiah 7:21-23; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8; Matthew 12:7; Mark 12:33; Hebrews 10:8-9) In fact, by doing what YHWH had actually said, King Saul would have made a fragrant offering to Elohim, through obedience instead of the wicked leaning of his own heart. (Ephesians 5:2; “Redeemed Through Obedience & Faith“; “YHWH’s People Walk by Faith and Obedience to His Word“)
Saul did not see it that way! He had continually distanced himself from the Most High through the failure to heed His counsel. His heart was not with YHWH. He looked for any excuse to follow his own heart leanings, coloring YHWH’s Word through his own excuses and rationale. The sacrifice of the best of the Amalekites would have been an empty ritual to YHWH. The same kind of thinking is rampant today. (“Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“)
Any action that is not made through love and obedience to YHWH is simply an empty act of religious ritual, if that! (Matthew 6:33) Rebellion and arrogance are serious sins that involve more than being independent and strong-minded. Scripture equates them with witchcraft and idolatry, sins that were worthy of death. (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:6; Deuteronomy 13:12-15; 18:10; Micah 5:10-14) These same sins are still on roster of those that will not enter YHWH’s Kingdom. (Luke 13:23-24; 18:15-17; Mark 1:14-15; 10:15; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 21:8, 27; “YHWH’s Revolution“)
Anyone that fits on these scriptural lists won’t make it into YHWH’s Kingdom. You need to be certain that you believe what the Bible says, not simply what a pastor or church leader says. Your personal answerability before Elohim says that you must know His Word yourself. Salvation is a personal walk. (Mark 13:13; Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; Philippians 3:14) YHWH’s people are saved as individuals, not through groups or through deceptive teaching. Hooping, hollering, jumping around and stomping your feet does not impress the Almighty or His Spirit while a sound, effective and truthful witness grounded in Bible truth does. YHWH favors the seeking heart of devotion and humility. A disciple’s life is about sharing and caring, not about self-serving bombast and empty emotion. (“Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “The False Shepherd and the True Shepherd“; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“)
Disciples are leaders that must be humble and teachable (Matthew 5:20; 19:23-25; Mark 9:47; Luke 18:17; John 3:5), followed by real repentance and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. (Matthew 18:3; John 3:3, 5; Acts 2:38; “Humility: Do You Need It?“)
Obedience is the best offering that you can make to YHWH, with Yahshua [Jesus] setting the example for us! (Ephesians 5:1-2) We are able to do this because of the sacrifice of Messiah and through the power of the Holy Spirit! (John 3:3) Disciples of Messiah must be be humble enough to listen, to be obedient and willing to submit to the Almighty. In this way, we begin to achieve all that YHWH, Elohim of Hosts has designed for us! (“The Abomination That Causes Desolation“)