1 Samuel 13:11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
What in the world is a taradiddle? Is it a new found dinosaur bone dug up by Dr. Diddle they have now named the taradiddle? Nope. Is it a galaxy far far way that they’ve just discovered with a high power telescope that could be new Terra firma, dry ground, to explore and discover? Not that either. Taradiddle simply means senseless talk; deception; Webster’s says it is nonsense, a petty lie. For example; “no sane person would make up such a taradiddle.” Also described as pretentious nonsense. Such as; “this taradiddle from him about his new radio show” That’s what Saul was trying to feed Samuel in today’s passage. A Gigantic Taradiddle.
Samuel ask’s Saul why he didn’t wait for him to show up, but instead went ahead and offered up sacrifices that only a priest was allowed to do? Saul gives him a list of nonsense. First he says; People were leaving, “Because I saw that the people were scattered from me.” They were leaving, but that’s not an excuse to sin. Second he says; People were late, “thou camest not within the days appointed.” Also true, yet not a good reason to disobey God. Finally he says; People were lashing out; “that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash.” Again, the enemy was gathering, but still no reason to break God’s law. These were all excuses, nonsense, a bunch of taradiddle. In the end It costs him his position as king.
People often try to make an excuse for their sinfulness. Things like; “others are doing it,” “it’s not that big of a deal,” or “who am I hurting anyway it’s my life.” Truth is, it’s all taradiddle. There is never a good reason to break God’s heart with sin.
Do we try to feed God taradiddle?
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