I Samuel 15
From Abner's Journal, Commander of King Saul's Army
King Saul appointed me the commander of his army. I am his uncle.
Saul turned into a fighting animal after he became king, waging war against the Moabites, Ammon, Edom, Zobah, Philistines, and basically, any other people who lived near us. We never rested.
All Israelite males who appeared strong or valiant were immediately enlisted in Saul's army. As a result, our troops had great strength and power. They trained daily and never let their bodies grow weak.
One day the Prophet Samuel visited Saul on the battlefield. He said, "You do remember the Lord is the one who sent me to anoint you king of His people?"
"He now has a task for you. The Lord says, 'I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed the Israelites on the road from Egypt. Go and attack the rich and evil Amalekites and destroy all that they have and spare nothing."
Saul nodded. "Yes, Samuel."
After Samuel left, King Saul ordered me to count the soldiers in the area. I gathered the troops and counted two hundred thousand footmen and ten thousand addition soldiers from Judah. We marched to the first city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley.
A tribe of Kenites had camped in the area. Saul went to their leader and said, "You need to leave. Please listen to my warning. Get away from the Amalekites. I am about to attack and I don't want to harm any of your people. You showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they escaped Egypt."
We helped the Kenites pack their things and watched them sneak away. The next morning, as the sun rose, we attacked the Amalekites with a surge of power. We conquered them from the north in Havilah all the way to the south in Shur, which was east of Egypt.
In the battle we destroyed everything. Well, not everything. The Amalekites had animals and other riches like fine wines, foods, precious stones, clothes, and much more. Who could stop the soldiers from keeping the wealthy things? After all, we worked hard and we destroyed everything else as the Lord commanded.
King Saul eyes sparked with pride when King Agag was captured.. Agag would make a great slave. King Saul could throw scraps of food on the floor and watch him eat with his hands tied behind his back. What a great way to show Saul's great conquest.
Saul felt pretty good about the battle results. He went to Mt. Carmel and built a monument for himself.
We marched onto Gilgal and took a break. That afternoon, the Prophet Samuel came. He didn't look happy. Actually his red face and his stomping toward the camp looked more like he was filled with rage. Why would he be mad? We did what the Lord said.
I mean, really...what did we do wrong?
1. The Prophet Samuel rarely visited King Saul because of Saul's disobedience to God. But the Lord gave Samuel directions for Saul. What did Samuel tell him?
2. Who is Abner?
3. What did the Amalikites do wrong?
4. Why did God spare the Kenites?
5. What did the Israelite soldiers do? Why?
6. What did king Saul do?
7. Why would God be unhappy with the Israelites after this battle?