In I Samuel, we find that God rejected Saul from being king because he offered a burnt offering against God’s commandment (I Samuel 13:9, 13-14). However, later we read that God rejected Saul from being king for not completely destroying the Amalekites (I Samuel 15:2-3, 7-11). Which was it?
God rejected Saul for both disobediences: (1) offering a burnt offering against God’s commandment, and (2) not completely destroying the Amalekites. However, the punishments for each was different. The punishment for the first was that Saul’s kingdom would neither be “established” nor continue “for ever” (I Samuel 13:13). However, the second was that Saul himself would be replaced by “a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou” (I Samuel 15:28). The second punishment was more severe, and so there is no contradiction.
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