1 Samuel 13

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 13


King Saul’s sin before God.

Saul became king of Israel when he was thirty years old, and he reigned for forty-two years.

He fought against Philistine to protect Israel.

 A battle story in chapter 13 shows his failure to keep the covenant of God.  Out of his impatience he committed ritual sin, rejected by God, which Samuel interpreted it as disobey to God. The king had no right to exercise priestly functions, or at least Saul had no such right. His disobey resulted in a replacement of kingship (v.14). “The man after his(God’s) heart is David, later king coming after Saul.  

The Philistines continued war against Israel. Comparing to Philistines’ warfare armed with iron, the Israelites’ were inferior. The age of iron was just beginning in Palestine, and the Philistines were superior to the Israelites in material culture. But later, the Israelites eventually won the war.

They saw that the battle belonged to the Lord God.  

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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