1 Samuel 12-15

Men Behaving Badly: to obey is better than sacrifice

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 12-15 we see the failure of faithless pragmatism and a king who ‘uses’ God instead of serving him.