From: Heaven on Earth
God grants Israel’s request and tells Samuel to anoint Saul to be ruler over his people, (1 Samuel 9:16-17). The monarchy begins with Saul, (1020–1000 BC), who is an impressive figure by all physical standards. But his moral lapses and paranoia undermine his divine mission and will ultimately lead to his demise, (1 Samuel 13:14). He flaunts his power, embraces multiple wives and their gods, and unwisely leads Israel into war. When God refuses to answer Saul’s prayers, Saul seeks advice from a witch. Samuel pronounces God’s judgment on Saul: “Rebellion is no less a sin than divination, and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king,” (1 Samuel 15:23). Eventually, rather than face the disgrace of defeat, Saul in an act of ultimate cowardice falls on his own sword.