On 7th February, Gratia church leaders and members joined the Sunday service at OHS place in which 20 people attended. The main message was shared by intern pastor Peter from 1Samuel 15:22-23.
At the beginning of the chapter, Samuel relays to Saul the message that God wants him to go and destroy the entire Amalekite nation; men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys because the nation of Amalek opposed Israel when they came from Egypt.
Saul did as he was told. He established an army and attacked the Amalekites, killing all of them. However, he spared the Amalekite king’s life, King Agag, and took him captive instead. He also spared the lives of the best sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs.
God was justifiably angry at Saul. When Samuel confronted Saul about this, Saul’s response was that he had spared the best of the animals to offer them as a sacrifice to God. Even though it may look like Saul did something noble to honor God, he still disobeyed Him. Any sacrifice he could offer God would not be a sufficient substitute for obedience.