1 Samuel 15: 6-9….Does half equal the whole?

Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart; go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. And Saul defeated the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.

Comment: Saul thought that he knew best. The Kenites were not Amalekites and he graciously and wisely warned them of impending doom and they fled. But then we see Agag the king of the Amalekites spared. Was he thinking of setting an example in case he was ever captured? And then he kept all that would make him and his people wealthier. No doubt his choice to save the goodies for himself and his men pleased everyone. But maybe not Samuel and, even more importantly, maybe not God.

Prayer: Help me to acknowledge that You know best, my Father God.

2 thoughts on “1 Samuel 15: 6-9….Does half equal the whole?

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. We humans always seem to think that we know better than God, unfortunately. It is always to our detriment when we do this. Once again we need to be reminded that God sees the whole picture, and we only see and know a little bit, which is the whole reason why God always knows best.
    God bless you.


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