And Samuel said, What hast thou done? An Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore I said, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. 1Samuel 13:11-12
Isn't it funny how we can allow those around us, to force us to make a decision that is not ours to make, because we are so concern with what they think or how they feel? We disobey the Word from God about a situation we asked about, because those around us become impatient; and in our quest to please them, we go against what we have been told, only to find out that we have done more harm than good.
In 1Samuel 13:7-14, we see how Saul was told by Samuel to stay in Gilgal for seven days. But because Samuel did not accompany Saul and the people, the people started to scattered. You know how we do; when our leader is not there, and we are not sure if he is going to come back like he said he was, we tend to let our emotions rule over us. We start to murmur and complain, we allow fear to set in, which leads to irrational decision making. Remember the Israelites; when Moses hadn't return from the Mount from his meeting with God. The Isrealites panicked and in their effort to find another leader to lead them through the wilderness, they told Aaron to make them gods. Aaron, attempting to please the" people," build a golden calf with the gold jewelry they had brought with them out of Egypt.
If you would read further along in both of these scriptures, you will find that just as Aaron responded irrational to the people under pressure, so did Saul. And they use the same excuses that we use today. In Exodus 32:21-24, when Mosses asked Aaron what did the people do to him that he would bring so great a sin on them, Aaron responds, "Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mishief." Aaron continues to explain to Moses how the people told him to make them gods to go before them "for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him." See how the blame shifts. Back in 1 Samuel 13:11, we see the same thing happen again. "And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed,and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therfore, and offered a burnt offering.
Now you would think that after reading these two scriptures, a connection would be made as to why we tend to shift the blame to others once we have made mistakes; but it hasn't. History continues to repeat itself. I think we spend so much time trying to prove the Bible wrong, that we prove it right every time. Contrary to popular beliefs, we are the people in the Bible. These people are our ancestors. Traits have been passed down from generations to generations. There is no getting around it. Instead of fighting against the Bible, learn to appreciate it for what it is and learn from the mistakes of our ancestors as well as your own, so that the generational curses can be broken; and you and I, as well as our children, and our children's children, can have the abundant life Jesus promised us. TO GOD BE THE GLORY, AMEN.
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offering and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22