God reminded Samuel that He had rejected Saul as king of Israel.
Saul was chosen as king because the people wanted to be like the other nations (1 Sam 8:1-5). Up to that point, God had ruled the nation, raising leaders as the need arose. The people were warned that elevating a man to the throne would bring political corruption and trouble (1 Sam 8:7-21).
When Saul was chosen to be their king, the people were elated. He was fine physically, standing head and shoulder taller than anyone else in Israel (1 Sam 9:2). But Saul was a jealous man who lived for the praises of the people. He was guilty of gross disobedience to the commands of the LORD.
As a result of Saul's rebellion, God chose David as a new king to rule over Israel
- Christians are to obey all the commandments of God.
- Christians can be removed from their high positions when they go against the LORD