To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (


I. Introduction:

A. God has been clear; He wants obedience from His people (Joshua 23:6).

1. He punishes disobedience (Ephesians 5:6).

2. He rewards obedience with salvation (Hebrews 5:8-9).

B. God doesnŐt accept our excuses (Luke 14:16-24).

1. The sacrifice of Jesus doesnŐt give us a license to sin (Galatians 2:17).

2. ThereŐs no room for error (I Peter 4:17-19).


II. Body: I Samuel 15:1-35

A. The anointed king Saul is expected to carry out GodŐs will, BUT he does not do as God said (I Samuel 15:1-9).

1. Amalek had attacked Israel in the past and God wanted that remembered (Exodus 17:8-16).

2. God promised revenge (Deuteronomy 25:17-19).

3. Saul only partially obeyed God (Deuteronomy 6:24-25, Ezekiel 33:13, and I Timothy 5:21; cf. James 2:10).

B. The Lord is disappointed that He put Saul in as King (I Samuel 15:10-12).

1. We see God being sorry for things that cause Him grief (Genesis 6:6).

2. We too should sorrow over those who do not obey God (Jeremiah 13:15-17 and Philippians 3:18-19).

C. Saul actually thinks he did good, obeyed God, and even shifts some blame on to others (I Samuel 15:13-21).

1. People often find a way to put their disobedience in a better light (Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 20:6, and Proverbs 21:2).

2. Blame-shifting (Exodus 32:21-24; 35) does not remove our sins (Proverbs 28:13).

D. Keeping spoil for sacrifice is not good enough.  Obedience, rather than rebellion and stubbornness, is expected (I Samuel 15:22-23).

1. God wanted much more than a sacrifice (Proverbs 21:3 and Jeremiah 7:21-23).

2. God warned them [Saul and Israel] not to rebel (I Samuel 12:14-15).

3. Rebellion is a sign of evil people (Proverbs 17:11).

E. Sorry doesnŐt cut it (I Samuel 15:24-31).

1. Rejecting GodŐs word does not play well (Hosea 4:6).

2. God doesnŐt change His mind like men do, thus when repentance is not there it is OVER (Numbers 14:26-30; cf. Numbers 26:63-65).

3. Samuel gives us the example of how we should withdraw from those who reject God (I Timothy 6:3-5).

4. OneŐs rebellion can go too far (Hebrews 10:26-31).

F. Samuel takes care of business (I Samuel 15:32-35).

1. Samuel knows how to use the sword of the Lord (Isaiah 34:6 and Jeremiah 48:10).

2. Though Samuel has his mind on GodŐs work, the failure of Saul is certainly hard on him (Psalms 119:158).


III. Conclusion: Hosea 6:4-7, Amos 5:21-24, and Matthew 23:23-24.



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