Saul did not listen to God in 1st Samuel. Could you give me an examples of why we shouldn't be like Saul? I went to a devotion today and the speaker spoke about leadership and talked about the Bible text from 1st Samuel how Saul didn't listen to God - my teacher wants us to write an example why we shouldn't be like Saul - hope I'm clear - thanks

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Even though Saul became king, not long after his annointing at Gilgal in 1 Samuel 11, he began to make some mistakes.

In 1 Samuel 13, he performs a sacrifice that was only supposed to be done by priests.

At one point, Saul would not let his troops have food until they achieved victory and then, when his own son Jonathan violated this command, Saul wanted to kill Jonathan.

Later, in 1 Samuel 19, Saul tried to kill David with a spear while the young man was soothing the king's raging spirit with music from his harp.

Finally, in 1 Samuel 28, Saul violated one of his own decrees by consulting the Witch of Endor, an event which raised the spirit of the Samuel, who then predicted Saul's death, which happened the next day (1 Samuel 31).

So, I'm not surprised to hear anyone advocating a course of life different than the one led by Saul. Although he became king, he was a tyrannical madman who violated God's ritual, violated his own decrees, issued brutally harsh commands, and tried to kill two people who were close to him, one of whom was his very own son.

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