A. We see that Saul is drifting farther from God and his decisions are becoming more erratic. The reasons for this are many, but two that stand out are pride, and a lack of godly counsel. This behavior is becoming a detriment to Israel (v. 24).
A. A key to understanding this chapter is to note what is missing: Samuel. Saul has gathered around him several “yes men” who will not hold him spiritually accountable. This is often the first step to a spiritual drift that avoids answering for sinful behavior, but it also stunts our spiritual growth and development.