1 Samuel 13: Saul begins his campaign against the Philistines. The Philistines march out to meet Saul and his army with what seems to be a larger army. Many Israelites fled out of fear. Saul waited for Samuel to come and offer a sacrifice to God, but when Samuel was late, Saul did it himself. Samuel showed up and got angry with Saul. He told Saul that since he disobeyed God’s command (I’m guessing the sacrifice was only supposed to be done by Samuel), Saul’s dynasty would not last.
1 Samuel 14: Saul’s son, Jonathan, along with his armor bearer, go to the Philistine camp and start to defeat them on their own. This creates mass confusion and leads to Saul’s army attacking and destroying the Philistines. God protects them. However, Saul had demanded his troops NOT eat anything until the end of the day or they would suffer for this betrayal. Jonathan didn’t hear this vow, so he ate some honey they came across. The troops told him what was agreed to and Jonathan pushes back. Exhausted from battle, the troops slaughtered the animals and ate them with blood still in the meat. So…two bad thing at once. They disobeyed Saul and they ate meat with blood still in it. Not good at all. After a lot of back and forth, Saul determines that it was Jonathan who initially disobeyed the pledge. Saul swears to execute him, but the soldiers intervene and save him. We then learn about more wars during Saul’s time.
1 Samuel 15: Seems to be the true beginning of the end of Saul’s reign as King. God orders Saul to destroy the Amalekites, sparing no one or no animal. Saul and his army destroy the Amalekites, but they spare the king and the best of the livestock. His intentions were good in that he wanted to save the best livestock in order to sacrifice them to God, but he directly disobeyed God. Samuel makes it clear that obeying God is pretty much the most important thing to do. So even though he thought he was doing something good for God, the fact that he disobeyed him led to his downfall. Saul begs Samuel and God for forgiveness, but it didn’t work. The chapter ends with Samuel killing the Amalekite king and leaving Saul, never seeing him again. Samuel does mourn the loss of Saul.
1 Corinthians 14: I don’t have much to say about this chapter. Primarily Paul is talking about the importance of building up the church and spending less time/energy focusing on being able to speak in tongues. One part did kinda stand out:
Like in all the churches of God’s people, 34 the women should be quiet during the meeting. They are not allowed to talk. Instead, they need to get under control, just as the Law says. 35 If they want to learn something, they should ask their husbands at home. It is disgraceful for a woman to talk during the meeting. (CEB Study Bible, 1 Cor. 14.33-35)
Two things. First, um…what? Glad that’s now the way it is in most denominations now. Definitely disagree with that one. Second, this just seemed out of place. Looking at the NRSV notes, I learn that it most likely was added later and not by Paul. That’s kinda refreshing.