1 Samuel

1 Samuel 10 Saul, Anointed King

The detailed prediction of what will happen on Saul’s way home is important:  It confirms to Saul that Samuel does speak for God in this call to the kingship (10:2-13). 1  Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured… (READ MORE)

Kingship in Israel

The three dominant institutions during OT times are expressed in the persons of prophet, priest and king. Exodus 19:4, 5 introduces the kingship of God over his own people.  Israel’s insistence on a human king to lead them into battle… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 9 Saul Chosen to be King

Chapers 9 – 12.  Saul Anointed King Saul divinely selected: 9:1-10:13.  Saul meets Samuel while searching for lost donkeys.  God identifies him to the prophet as the chosen king. 16 “Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 8 Demand for a King

When Israel is old, the elders of Israel come to him and demand a king.  Two reasons are given.  Samuel’s sons lack his integrity, for they accept bribes.  And Israel wants to be like “all other nations.”  Samuel takes this… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 6 The Philistines Return the Ark

The priests and diviners advised the Philistine leaders to present an offering to appease the God of Israel in order to end the plague.  In their understanding, the God of Israel was another deity among many, who had won some… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 4 Ichabod, The Glory of God, Departed

The ark is taken in battle: 4:1-11  For some 20 years, the Philistines have exerted pressure on the Israelites and other peoples of Canaan from their coastal lands.  The battle that takes place at Aphek is critical, for it opens… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 3 The Lord Calls Samuel

In Chapter 2, a prophet is sent to Eli to announce God’s judgment, because “you honor your sons more than me.”  A curse is placed in Eli’s line.  God will raise up a man who will be faithful to all that… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 2 Hannah’s son vs. Eli’s Sons

Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people? 1 Samuel 2:29

1 Samuel 1 Birth of Samuel – Heard by God

11 As the sobs racked her body, Hannah spoke within herself to Jehovah. Her lips quivered as she mentally formed the words to express her pain. And she prayed at length, pouring out her heart to her Father. She did more, though, than just ask God to fulfill her desperate urge to bear offspring. Hannah was keen not only to receive blessings from God but also to give him what she could. So she made a vow, saying that if she had a son, she would dedicate the child to a life of service to Jehovah.​—1 Sam. 1:9-11.

1 Samuel, Intro

The Origin of the Monarchy This important OT book tells the story of two men:  Samuel, Israel’s last judge, and Saul, Israel’s first king. Author:  Unknown. Date:  Saul’s reign pagan about 1050 B.C.  Samuel was Samon’s contemporary. Samuel, the last… (READ MORE)