This is a very pathetic scene to read. What would be the possibility of this scene in the New Testament? With the shedding of Christ blood, it perhaps would be easier. This Saul was operating years before the benevolence of the New Testament. In a few words, he lost everything: his God, his prophet and his throne. Sin is a dangerous game. His desperate attempt to hold unto Samuel tore the Prophet’s clothes. It added salt to injury because that became a metaphor for his loss. You will now understand Saul’s desperation to kill David. It was not only to protect Johnathan, but to preserve what remained of his dignity. We could compare this classical Saul to the contemporary one in the New Testament. They were both fighters, killers, stubborn and defiant. One fought for himself, the other finally fought for the kingdom of God. Who are you fighting for? What’s your progress? Are you in tune with God or yourself? That’s where the present battle is. May you hear and do the will of God.
Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 1 Samuel 15:25-26 KJV