1 Samuel 13: Saul Acts Foolishly

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 95


Suppose you were one of twenty Church members on an island and the only priesthood holders were deacons in the Aaronic Priesthood. Would it be acceptable for those deacons to administer the sacrament rather than let all the members go without that important ordinance? Why not? In 1 Samuel 13 we read about a situation like this.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Samuel 13

Garrison (vv. 3–4, 23)Fort 
Strait (v. 6)Difficult situation 
Distressed (v. 6)Worried 
Salute (v. 10)Greet 
Supplication (v. 12)Fervent prayer and sacrifice 
Spoilers (v. 17)Men assigned to destroy crops, homes, cattle, and so on 
Smith (v. 19)Craftsman 
Goads (v. 21)Spears 
Passage (v. 23)Way to get through the mountains 

1 Samuel 13:8—“According to the Set Time That Samuel Had Appointed”

In 1 Samuel 10:8, Samuel asked Saul to meet him in Gilgal, where Samuel would offer sacrifices for him.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 1 Samuel 13.

Activity A iconIf He Could Do It Over Again

Sometimes we wish we could relive a certain situation and choose differently. Rewrite the story in 1 Samuel 13:1–16 so that it tells the story in a way that what Saul did pleased the Lord and Samuel.