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Old Testament: King Saul
Details and Events in the Story of King Saul in the Bible.

Disobeying God At Gilgal The greatest failure for Saul, the first king of Israel, was when he disobeyed God at Gilgal. The Philistines were encamped against Israel and Saul`s troops were deserting daily. The prophet Samuel had promised him that all would be well, only he must wait for God`s time. Samuel would come at the end of a week and would offer a sacrifice. Then Saul`s armies would have the victory. Saul impatiently went ahead and offered the sacrifice himself. No sooner had he finished than the prophet appeared. Saul had greatly sinned in officiating as a priest.

Saul, The First King Of Israel The Lord had always intended to give Israel a king (Deut 17), but Israel`s sin was in demanding a king with the wrong motives, before God`s time, and in looking for that king in the wrong tribe. A man named Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin was chosen, a man of impressive stature, who embodied the basic ideals Israel had at the time, being much more concerned with his appearance than his heart. It`s sad how Saul`s character turned out to be a reflection of Israel as a whole.

Sauls Weaknesses Saul was a weak and ineffective king who didn`t do much with his life except try to murder David, his son-in-law, despite David`s repeated expression of loyalty, because he knew David was destined to take his place one day on the throne. Saul`s hatred and insane jealousy for David made him fail as a king and Samuel regretted anointing him. Saul`s reign ended in disaster. He received no answer for his prayers, and even sought the help of a witch.

The Battle At Gilboa The battle that took place the next day at Gilboa was a bitter defeat for Israel, Saul himself was wounded, and he committed suicide by throwing himself on his own sword. Three of his sons, including Jonathan also died.

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