King Saul is caught red-handed with plunder God commanded he destroy. Having violated the clear and direct orders of God, he:
- Commends himself for obedience.
- Excuses himself with lies.
- Blame-shifts his sin onto his soldiers.
- Claims his selfish plundering is an act of worship.
- Finally admits guilt and asks forgiveness of Samuel (not God).
- Immediately shows the insincerity of his repentance by asking Samuel to honor him publicly.
Because insincere repentance is far more prevalent than sincere repentance, and many of us employ these same techniques.
- We flatter ourselves with high views of our character.
- Excuse sin based on our "good" motives.
- Blame others (or societal pressures).
- Remain arrogant.
For a thorough look at Saul's insincere repentance, do this 5 minute Bite Size Bible study: Good Sin and afterward, read the Insights for the study.
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