"The child will drink no wine, and no razor shall touch his head.”
Eli's Wicked Sons
Israel's Devastating Loss Against the Philistines
So what if they have an ark?! It proved useless against the Philistine might!
The Lord has closed Hannah's womb, and she cannot bear children. She is deeply saddened by this, and prays to God: "Oh Lord of hosts, if only you would gift your servant a male child, then I will make him a nazirite until his death, forever devoted to the Lord.
The Israelites Demand a King
Just remember, you wanted a king, not me.
We want a king. Samuel, you're old and weak, nobody follows you anymore.
The sons of Eli were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord. When anyone offered sacrifice, while the meat was boiling, they would thrust a giant fork into the pot and take the sacrifice for themselves.
Saul Arrives. Dun Dun Dun!!!
No one may eat before evening no matter what. MWAHAHAHA!
As the Philistines invaded, the people of Israel sought to protect themselves by bringing the ark of the Lord. However, the Philistines fought bravely, and refused to fall. This day ended with the death of 30,000 Israeli soldiers, and the ark of God was captured.
Saul is Rejected as King
I have sinned; for I have oppressed the people!
Unable to convince the Israelites otherwise, Samuel simply warns them about the dangers of a king. "[The king] will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen," he says.
Saul had laid an oath on the troops, saying, “Cursed be anyone who eats food before it is evening and I have been avenged on my enemies.” So none of the troops tasted food.
At last, God comes down as explains "I regret that I made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me, and has not carried out my commands.”