King Saul’s failures/ weaknesses
- He became impatient and offered sacrifices to God at Gilgal instead of waiting for Prophet Samuel, I Samuel 13:1 – 14. He assumed priestly duties by offering sacrifices.
- He disobeyed God’s command and failed to carry out the law of total destruction of a conquered enemy/ The Law of herem or the ban(I Sam 15:1 – 23) failing to destroy everything i.e. during the mission against the Amalekites.
- The spirit of God left Saul and was replaced by an evil spirit which tormented him and made him like a madman. I Sam 16:14.
- He was jealous of David for his success as a warrior (I Sam 18:7 – 8, 19:1 – 22)
- He massacred the Gibeonites contrary to an Oath taken during the time of Joshua.
- Saul committed the sin of necromancy when he consulted a medium after the death of Samuel. (I Samuel 28:3 – 25)
Lessons learnt from king Saul’s failures
- Christians should be patient and wait for God’s intervention in times of crisis. Saul lost patience when Prophet Samuel delayed in coming on the appointed day.
- Christians should be obedient and faithful in God/patient.
- Political leaders should be more accommodating to people who hold different views and ideas from their own.
- Christians should be sincere in the worship of God. To be sincere means to be truthful or honest about our actions.
- Leaders should be God fearing so as to succeed in their leadership.