Sunday School Lesson 319 Saul Disobeys God

Lesson: 319

Lesson Name: Saul Disobeys
Theme: Sin's Danger and Consequences

Reading: 1 Samuel 13:1-14; 14:1-52

Memory Verse: Jeremiah 38:20
Memory Verse Text: Obey I beseech thee the voice of the Lord.

Talking Points

Point 1: When Jonathan's 1,000 men won the battle against the Philistines in Geba, Saul took the fame for himself by blowing the trumpet in victory.  The Philistines then gathered together to fight the Israelites, but the Israelites were afraid.  Scared and trembling, they followed Saul to Gilgal where they were to wait seven days for Samuel to come.  However, when Samuel does not come as expected, the people began to leave; Saul, not sure what to do, decided to make a burnt offering to keep the people there with him.  Just after making the offering, Samuel arrived and he told Saul, "Thou hast done foolishly... thy kingdom shall not continue" (1 Sam. 13:13,14).
Point 2: Saul's disregard for God's order may not seem like a big deal, but the little things revealed how the rest of Saul's life would develop.
Point 3: In 1 Sam. 14, while Saul stayed in a place of comfort, Jonathan went out to battle, and relying on the Lord for help, he won another great victory.  Jonathan respected and trusted the Lord.  It is interesting to note how small a role Saul played in battles or victories!
Point 4: One day of battle, Saul foolishly ordered his men to not eat anything until evening, even though the soldiers would need strength to fight.  However Jonathan, unaware of his father's command, ate some honey.  As a result, Saul condemned his son, his greatest supporter and warrior, to death.  The people stood up for Jonathan though and recognized that he had worked with God to accomplish the victory and obtain peace with the Philistines for a time, so he was allowed to live (1 Sam. 14:45).

Notes: Saul was able to recognize a strong or brave man, but he didn't seem to be able to recognize what had value to God or what brought Him glory.