Updated: Jul 1, 2020
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I Sam. 15
INTRODUCTION. Saul's first battle with the Philistines took place following his defeat
of the Ammonites at Jabesh Gilead. First, Saul's son Jonathan conducted a successful
raid on the Philistine garrison at Geba, a strategic city located in the territory of
Benjamin (I Sam. 13:1-4). The Philistines then assembled a large army and camped
in Michmash while the Israelites camped in Gilgal (I Sam. 13:5-7).
As Saul prepared for the battle, his first conflict with Samuel occurred. Samuel directed
Saul to wait for him at Gilgal for seven days. When Samuel delayed, Saul became
anxious because his army was deserting. To keep his army together, Saul offered
a burnt offering instead of waiting for Samuel to come and offer the sacrifice.
When Samuel arrived late on the seventh day, he reproved Saul for his disobedience
and told him his kingdom would not continue (I Sam. 13:8-15).
The Philistines at Michmash then began sending out raiding