To obey YHWH is better than sacrifice

This is what Samuel told Saul after Saul had destroyed the Amalekites by YHWH's command...but...Saul was not obedient to YHWH’s command of utterly destroying everything.  Saul allowed the best of the sheep, oxen, etc to be kept.YHWH's command:

1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.  

Saul's sin of disobedience...  

1Sa 15:9  But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

 ...Saul sacrificed his own position as king by being disobedient. – “obedience is better than sacrifice”

 Samuels word from YHWH. – YHWH rejecting Saul as king.

1Sa 15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1Sa 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

We can be the vehicles through which YHWH works we just need to be obedient to HIM.  Because he can always find other vehicles…what a sacrifice we’ve made if we are not obedient…if we are disobedient, we may sacrifice the opportunities YHWH has in store for us.  Obedience is better than sacrifice!!!!!!