Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

Before you read this post, read “I Have Rejected Saul” – Part 1

Samuel’s Reaction to Saul’s Rejection

After Samuel left Saul, Samuel went to his house in Ramah and Saul went to his house in Gibeah of Saul (1 Samuel 15:34). Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death. This separation meant that Saul was deprived of the blessings of Yahweh and the support of Samuel. Samuel grieved over Saul but Saul never knew how much Samuel wept and prayed for him.

After Saul disobeyed God for the second time, the Lord said: “‘I repent that I have made Saul king; for he has turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments.’ And Samuel was angry; and he cried to the LORD all night” (1 Samuel 15:11).

Samuel was angry, not with Saul but with God, because God had changed his mind…

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