1 Samuel 15:11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
God was sorry that He had ever made Saul king! Why was He sorry? Because Saul did not perform His commandments.
This truth brings a question to mind. Do you wonder if God was ever sorry or is ever sorry that He has set us up as those in charge of the Great Commission and the ministry of reconciliation? Could it be that He is sorry or disappointed in us because we do not perform His commandments?
2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Was the Great Commission given as a commandment to be performed or just a truth to be discussed? Did He literally mean it when He said go and teach all nations or is it open to discussion?
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Didn’t Saul “mean well” when he saved some of the livestock alive or when he waited on Samuel to kill him?! Didn’t it at least make sense to him when he had to offer the sacrifice before the man of God arrived?
Don’t be so quick to condemn Saul until you have made it your purpose to perform the commandment you have been given.