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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

    « 1 Samuel Commentary: Part 3 | 1 Samuel Commentary: Part 1 »

    1 Samuel Commentary: Part 2

    1 Samuel 13, Saul’s Huge Ego:

    13:1-15 Why was this incident such a big deal? I thought and prayed about it, since to my thinking poor Saul, men abandoning him, hordes of wealthy, well-equipped, and angry Philistines camped around him, and Samuel 7 days late in coming to offer the sacrifice.


    I might have done the same thing, anyone would. Why did Samuel give Saul such a harsh rebuke, for something seemingly so minor? There had to be something I wasn’t seeing, something missing culturally perhaps. My NIV Student Bible mentions that Saul failed to show good leadership by caving under pressure, but I believed there was more to it than just that.


    While reading a separate commentary, it mentioned that it was forbidden for a king to perform priestly duties. But the commentary went no further.  It didn’t have to. Many major ancient cultures combined the role of priest and king.


    When they did this, their priest-king became more of a god-king. An all-in-one, who was worshipped as a deity. The Egyptians did this, Julius Caesar implemented it in Rome, and the Roman-Catholic Pope position evolved from one of religious power to eventually a priest-king position.


    God would consider this blasphemous on more than one level. First, the most obvious that there is only one God, Jehovah, and He is a jealous God. Second, the Lord wanted Israel to be set apart, and not have a king to begin with. Having a king-priest (and so soon after implementing their first king) was not only becoming too much like the other nations, but also the next and ultimate step in eradicating the need for God.


    Finally, this was a bad idea because Saul was being religious-he was going through the motions, and not really seeking to honor God (else he would have waited for Samuel). This becomes even more of an apparent issue as we move on…

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