1 Samuel

1 Samuel 21 David flees

David and the Priests: 21:1-9; 22:1-23.  David flees, weaponless and hungry, to Nob, where the tabernacle rests.  There, Ahimelech, the priest helps David with food.  He also turns over Goliath’s sword, which ks kept at the tabernacle as a trophy…. (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 21-30, David a Fugutive

David now faces a jolting change in status.  For a decade he has been a respected military hero.  Suddenly he is a lone fugitive.  The story of his outlaw years, and his many struggles to survive are told in these… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 20 The Lord Be between You and Me Forever

David and Jonathan’s Covenant Friendship David and Jonathan: 20:1-42.  Jonathan finally realizes that Saul is determined to kill David.  In Gibeah, he angrily confronts his father.  Then, Jonathan, a truly admirable individual, carries a promised warning to David.  The two… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 19 Saul Seeks to Kill David

Saul’s plot against David: 19:1-23.  Earlier Saul threw his spear at David in a fit of anger (18:10-12), and plotted to have David killed in battle by the Philistines (18:24, 25).  Now, despite his promises to Jonathan (4-6), Saul determines… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 17 David Kills Goliath

David defeats Goliah: 17:1-58.  The Philistines again assemble an invasion army.  But now they wend a giant warrior, over nine feet tall, with a challenge to single combat.  Such a contest is not common, but is known in the ancient… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 16 David Anointed King

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance,… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 15 Saul’s Disobedience and Rejection

Final rejection: God’s rejection of Saul is confirmed as the king again disobeys.  Sent to destroy an ancient enemy, Saul permits the people to keep the best of the cattle for themselves, and destroys only what is worthless. Samuel confronts… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 14 Jonathan vs Saul

Jonathan Won the Battle Jonathan, Saul’s son, attacks a Philistine detachment, killing 20 of them.  The surprise, and an earthquake sent by God, terrifies the Philistines.  Saul notices the Philistines army is fleeing, and hurries to attack them. 6 And Jonathan… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 13 War with the Philistines

Fear: 13:1-22.  Early in Saul’s reign, a skirmish with the Philistines at Geba leads to a major innovations.  The Israelis are terrified at the size of the forces that come against them.  Saul is at Gilgal, sent there by Samuel with… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 13-15 Saul Rejected as King

Saul ruled in Israel for 42 years.  His reign brought few changes in the life style of the average Israelite.  Saul’s capital was his home at Gibeah; excavations there have unearthed a simple fortress residence.  Saul’s military garrison included only… (READ MORE)