1 Samuel Chapters 14-20 Questions and Answers
1 Samuel 14-20 Questions and Answers
Saul did wrong in God’s eyes, he did not keep the commandments.When Samuel anointed Saul as king, Samuel gave him a specific commandment. 1Samuel 10:8 “And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I (Samuel) will come down unto thee, (Saul) to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.” He was to wait for Samuel for seven days and then Samuel was going to offer sacrifices and offerings and give Saul further instructions. Saul offered the sacrifice himself, something that only the priests were to do. He did not even wait until the end of the seventh day but did it in the morning. He was going in to battle without the advice of Samuel who told him that he was gong to come and give him directions. He was intruding into the priest’s office and offering sacrifices on his own. This foolish act showed that Saul was impatient and resulted in Samuel telling him that God would take the kingdom away from him.
Jonathan was going to be killed with the Philistines. Jonathan did not hear when his father Saul told them not to eat any food until the he (Saul) was avenged of his enemies the Philistines. 1 Samuel 14:24 “And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, “Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.” Saul was going to kill Jonathan because Jonathan had eaten a little honey. Jonathan and his armourbearer killed about 20 men, just the two of them.
Could it have been an earthquake in 1 Samuel 14:15? Yes, I think that it was an earthquake.
I don’t understand why Saul told the people the kill the ox and sheep and not eat the blood 1 Samuel 14:33 The people were hungry and they were not waiting to cook the flesh properly. Eating the blood was forbidden in the law of Moses and Saul told them not to sin against God by eating the blood. Here are just two of several verses where God forbids eating blood:
Leviticus 3:17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.
Deuteronomy 12:23 Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.
Why did Saul kill of the people of Amalek? Amalek were ancient enemies of the children of Israel. God specifically told Saul to kill of the people of Amalek. 1Samuel 15:2-3″ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. Saul killing all of Amalek was a fulfillment of prophecy.
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were
feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.
Who is Agag? Agag was the king of the Amalekites.
What are cubits and spans? A cubit is approximately 18 inches. However there are varying sizes of a cubit. Different cultures defined the cubit differently. A span is ½ of a cubit.
What are shekels? Shekels are either a form of money or a measure of weight.
What was the evil spirit from the LORD? The LORD allowed an evil spirit, possibly what we would call a demon, to trouble Saul for His purpose. This was a special one appointed by God for His purpose. This evil spirit oppressed, but not possessed Saul. Scripture indicates that evil spirits appear before God and even do His bidding.
Saul was determined to kill David. Yes, Saul knew that David king would be the next king and Saul was jealous. Saul said to Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20:31 “For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.”
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