1 Samuel: Lesson 17 — To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Samuel.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.


Here Comes A King:
A Study of the Book of 1 Samuel

Lesson 17 (To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice)
1 Samuel 15:1-35

The Text:

  1. Who does God tell Saul to attack?  What was the reason?  What does God want done with them?
  2. How many men did Saul gather to do battle?  How victorious were they in battle?  What did Saul save?  What is God’s response? 
  3. When Samuel goes to meet Saul, what message is he given?  When Samuel catches up with Saul, what does Saul tell him?  In response, what does Samuel ask?
  4. What was Saul’s reasoning for his actions?  When confronted with what God had actually said, how does Saul respond?  What is his justification for his actions?  Who does Saul claim to be sacrificing to? 
  5. What does Samuel say God really wants?  How does this compare with what Saul was willing to give?  In what manner does Saul finally admit his wrongdoing?  What message does Samuel have for Saul?  How did this affect Samuel’s attitude toward Saul?


The Application:

  1. Are there things that have waylaid you (or attempted to) in your walk with God?  What does God want you to do with those?  Have you?  Will you?
  2. How does it feel to be victorious in a battle with the enemy?  How do you choose who fights the battle with you?  How tempting is it to save “mementos”  of the enemy God has helped you defeat?  How would God feel about that?     
  3. When you experience victory, who gets the credit?  Do you ever try to claim obedience when you’re still holding on to things you know you shouldn’t be?  How obvious do you think that is to others?      
  4. Do you ever try to justify your disobedience by claiming it is for God’s benefit?  What influence do others have on your obedience?  Why do you think Saul used the phrase, “the LORD your God” in his conversation with Samuel? 
  5. How much do you pursue obedience over sacrifice?  What should this look like in your life?  What should your attitude be toward a person who chooses to disobey?


Next week: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Looking Beyond The Visible

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