The Oracle of Samuel (1 Sam 15:22-15:23)

“Then Samuel said.

‘Has Yahweh has great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of Yahweh?

Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice,

To heed than the fat of rams.

For rebellion is no less a sin than divination,

Stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh,

He has also rejected you from being king.’”

This oracle of Samuel is the death knoll for Saul. Obedience is more important than burnt sacrifices. In fact, if the sacrifices are not done exactly according to the plan and law of Yahweh, they are an abomination. Rebellion and stubbornness are like idolatry. Because Saul rejected the word of Yahweh, Yahweh has now rejected Saul. Game over.