1 Samuel

1 Sam 46

May 21, 09

1 Sam 30:8-31:13; God’s grace for the faithful believer; David’s deliverance from the Amalekites; death of Saul and his sons; biblical view of euthanasia and suicide; Philistine victory over Israel at Mt. Gilboa

1 Sam 45

May 14, 09

1 Sam 29:1-30:8; Philistine campaign against Israel; David rejected by the princes sent back to Ziklag, the Amalekites, grace of God abounds for those who love Him

1 Sam 44

May 7, 09

1 Sam 28; Israel, mediums and sorcery; Ex 22:18; Lev 19:31; 20:27; Deut 18:9-14; Saul seeks the guidance from the Lord through a medium; seeking advice on our own terms; consequences of sin and disobedience

1 Sam 43

Apr 30, 09

1 Sam 27:1-28:112; a change in David’s focus, from God to Saul; keeping up the façade; wrong motivation; the undercover Christian life

1 Sam 42

Apr 23, 09

1 Sam 26; David tested by advice and keeps his focus on the Lord; discernment between human viewpoint and divine viewpoint; respecting the position and authority of the king; Saul’s emotional response and instability

1 Sam 41

Apr 16, 09

1 Sam 25:33-26:5; bringing God’s plan into focus; acknowledging the Lord’s vindication; motives of David’s marriage to Abigail; God continues to train David to be king

1 Sam 40

Apr 9, 09

1 Sam 25: 14-32; Abigail, a woman who thought biblically and acted decisively while remaining submissive to her husband and retaining her femininity; God’s design for the woman as the helper to her husband; God shapes events for His story.

1 Sam 39

Apr 2, 09

1 Sam 25; Saul’s continuing instability; the death of Samuel prompts David’s move to the wilderness; Nabol and Abigail; maturity testing from God; David’s wrong response to a wrong.

1 Sam 38

Mar 26, 09

1 Sam 24: David realizes that he must continue to recognize Saul as his master and the anointed one by God; he trains his men in respect for authority; Saul overcome with emotion again with David’s declaration of intent

1 Sam 37

Mar 19, 09

1 Sam 23; David has learned to inquires of the LORD; he assumes kingly responsibilities without being king, and refuses to fight other Israelites; Jonathan, loyal to a fault

1 Sam 36

Mar 5, 09

1 Sam 22; Mizpah refuge and return to Israel; Saul prejudges Ahimelech; the honor of Ahimelech; Saul’s paranoia promotes conspiracy delusions; Doeg annihilates the priesthood of Nob, their families and livestock; Davis assumes responsibility for Saul’s murder of the priesthood; protecting your soul 

1 Sam 35

Feb 26, 09

1 Sam 21:10-22:1; David’s struggle in his spiritual life; fear is contagious; Ps 34, 56; more leadership training for David

1 Sam 34

Feb 19, 09

1 Sam 21: 1-9; ethical decisions regarding disobeying divinely appointed authority; a change in David’s thinking; unintended consequences of David’s lies

1 Sam 33

Feb 12, 09

1 Sam 20; Saul decreases, David increases; recognizing the instability of those in prolonged carnality; the character of Jonathan, David unlike other ancient kings; ethical conflicts for Jonathan; friendship cemented in the Lord

1 Sam 32

Feb 5, 09

1 Sam 19:17-24; guarding the truth; ethical considerations; Saul’s 7th attempt on David’s life; examples of prophesying with song; music preexisted the creation of the earth; Job 38:4-7; Saul’s shameful behavior

1 Sam 31

Jan 29, 09

1 Sam 19:10-17; David’s marriage to Michal was political, not for love, and a failure; David is the spiritual standard in the OT― he failed, he confessed, and he moved on; God’s plan for our lives is greater than our failures; Michal fears for own life before Saul

1 Sam 30

Jan 22, 09

1 Sam 19; Jonathan defies Saul; ethical dilemmas in Scripture; the problem with situational ethics; Saul’s mental illness is a result of his nurturing sin in his life and continuing to make bad decisions

1 Sam 29

Dec 18, 08

1 Sam 18; from wisdom and insight comes success; Jonathan’s recognition of David; Saul’s preoccupation with David, attempts to kill him; humility of David; David, not born a king, but grows in obedience

1 Sam 28

Nov 27, 08

1 Sam 17:38-57; Saul’s preoccupation with the inconsequential; a professional soldier’s view of the confrontation between David and Goliath; David’s confidence in God and His promises; Goliath is no problem for the God of Creation

1 Sam 27

Nov 20, 08

1 Sam 17:31-40; God supports us wherever He places us; discouragement testing from authority; David knows God is his deliverance; human viewpoint testing;  David rejects syncretism; out tests are tailored by God for us; fear testing

1 Sam 26

Nov 13, 08

1 Sam 17:12-30; preparation for testing in life; 1 Cor 10:1-13; David’s attentiveness to God in his life prepared him for the challenges he would face in the Valley of Elah; the arrogance and pettiness of self-righteous Eliab

1 Sam 25

Nov 6, 08

1 Sam 17:1-11; David and Goliath; who were the Philistines? Gen 10: 6; Ex 13:7; Amos 9:7; who were the giants? Gen 14:5; Deut 1:28, 2:9-12; 3:11; Josh 11:21-22, 15: 13; 2 Sam 21:15-22

1 Sam 24

Oct 30, 08

1 Sam 16:14-23; believer's protection against demon possession is relationship with God; demon influence of Saul amplified the already manifested trends of his sin nature. panic, anxiety, anger, and violence; music therapy treated the physical, emotional aspects of Saul's problem, but only God and His Word can treat the soul; God places David with Saul in His timing

1 Sam 23

Oct 23, 08

1 Sam 16:14; distinctions in the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in the OT and NT; because of Saul's extreme disobedience God sends a demon to discipline him and drive him back to obedience

1 Sam 22

Oct 16, 08

1 Sam 16:1-13; stages of cosmic degeneracy; Ps 106:15; greatness of David; what is important is what God sees, not what we see; responding  biblically to the events of life; Samuel anoints David

1 Sam 21

Oct 9, 08

1 Sam 15:15-35; Saul fails to take responsibility for disobedience of the Lord’s plan; annihilation of Amalekites analogous to the necessity of removing cosmic trash in our souls after salvation;  Rom 12:1-2; Heb 12:1-2; 2 Cor 5:17;  Saul chooses honor before people rather than being right with God; tough love and the grace of God

1 Sam 20

Oct 2, 08

1 Sam 15:1-14; Saul’s plan vs. God’s commands; Kennites; Gen 15:19; Num 24:20-21; Exo 3:1;Judg 1:16; Num 10:29; Judg 4:17; the constancy and consistency of God’s character; figures of speech and language of accommodation

1 Sam 19

Sep 25, 08

1 Sam 14:24-15:2; Saul’s leadership blunders, trouble/disaster for Israel; a failure of Jonathan; problem of eating the blood of animals; the Lord’s command to annihilate the Amalekites; Gen 36:12; Ex 17:8-14; Num 13:29; 14:45; 24:20; Deut 25:17

1 Sam 18

Sep 18, 08

1 Sam 14:1-23; Saul, not a man of God and not a man of action; Jonathan, a man of God and a man of action, understand the battle is  the Lord’s and demonstrates that he thinks divine viewpoint

1 Sam 17

Sep 11, 08

1 Sam 13; one of Saul’s three failures; assuming  unlawful authority as king and  offering an unauthorized sacrifice; waiting on God, the test of patience and respecting limits of authority; subordination of kings to God through priestly functions

1 Sam 16

May 22, 08

1 Sam 12;  a great day in Israel; important events in Israel’s history; Samuel addresses Israel using a riv(e) format, bringing a legal suit against the nation; God testifies to the peoples wickedness; Samuel’s final challenge to the nation; God will not forsake Israel because of His character; Ex 19:5; Samuel continues to teach and pray even though Israel fails.

1 Sam 15

May 8, 08

1 Sam 11; Israel remains in a state of apostasy; God provides an opportunity for Saul to act at Jabesh Gilead in defending Israel against the Ammonites; Saul sends out a call to arms, importance of draft in national crisis. and attack against part of the nation is a threat to all the nation; the effects of disinformation given to the enemy; transfer of rulership from the prophet to the king; coronation of Saul; Samuel turns national event into at spiritual event with the renewal of the covenant at Gilgal

1 Sam 14

May 1, 08

1 Sam 10:17-27; Saul, a reluctant king and warrior;  when God gives the opportunity He gives the ability to perform the task

1 Sam 13

Apr 24, 08

1 Sam 10:1-16; Saul given signs to affirm Samuel’s prophesy; a study of prophesying with string instruments--a form of praising God

1 Sam 12

Apr 17, 08

1 Sam 9:1-10:1. The Lord heeds the people's petition for a king and chooses the handsome Benjamite, Saul. An unsuccessful search for his father's donkeys demonstrates Saul's lack of initiative and interest in spiritual matters. It is his servant who recommends finding the man of God for help. The Lord informs Samuel to expect Saul, and after a sacrificial feast, he privately anoints him as king.

1 Sam 11

Apr 10, 08

1 Sam 8; conspiracy among the leadership in Israel; demanding a king, rejecting God and His timing; Samuel warns Israel of the consequences of surrendering their freedom under the theocracy

1 Sam 10

Apr 3, 08

1 Sam 7; Permanent relationship with God/positional sanctification and temporary fellowship with God/progressive sanctification; through Samuels’ ministry over 20 years Israel recognizes its unfaithfulness and participates in national confession and commitment to God at Mizpah; purpose of fasting in the ancient world to provide more time for worship; Philistines humiliated by God at Mizpah so that they and other enemies were not a problem to Israel all the days of Samuel

1 Sam 09

Mar 27, 08

1 Sam 5-6; Philistines recognize the power of the ark of the Lord but do not  change their minds with regard to the Him; Philistines make a holy event out of the defeat of Dagon; testing God; problems with the way Israel approaches the ark of the Lord once it is returned to them results in the death of 50,070; God gets Israel’s attention

1 Sam 08

Mar 20, 08

1 Sam 4; Israel routed by the Philistines; Eli’s dynasty is ended, characterized by the  loss the ark of the covenant to the enemy

1 Sam 07

Mar 6, 08

1 Sam 3:7-21; the Lord reveals to Samuel His judgment on Eli and his descendants for taking lightly their priestly duties ; 1 Sam 14:3;21:1;22:11, 16-23; Eli continues training Samuel; the test of a prophet; Duet 13:1ff; 18:17ff; Samuel, the first authentic prophet in the nation of Israel; the Word, the Lord had returned to Shiloh

1 Sam 06

Feb 28, 08

1 Sam 2:25-3:7; Samuels’ ministry contrasted to Eli’s sons; the Lord calls out to Samuel in the Holy Place; the Lord changes over command in the priesthood; diagram

1 Sam 05

Feb 21, 08

1 Sam 2:1-26; Hannah’s prayer/psalm indicates the change in her soul;  the weakness of Eli, his sons of Belial were his indictment; Samuel’s ministry contrasted even as a young boy

1 Sam 04

Feb 14, 08

1 Sam 1:16-28; vows in the OT; Num 30: 1 ff; Hannah, a picture of Israel;  despite their failure, God’s gracious provision would change Hannah’s life and Israel’s; Samuel would be the point of change

1 Sam 03

Feb 7, 08

1 Sam 1:1:11-14; selfish prayer requests and bargaining with God;  Nazirite vow; Num 6:1-15; God’s plan and praying for miracles; vows in the Bible;  significance of barrenness in the OT; Deut 7:12-14; 28: 4:11; failure of Eli to recognize spiritual problem

1 Sam 02

Jan 31, 08

1 Sam 1:1-10; begins in the dark days of Israel; polygamous marriages in Scripture; barrenness in ancient Israel; ML mandated 3 annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem; how God uses our suffering to shoe His character, purpose , and plan

1 Sam 01

Jan 24, 08

Introduction to I Samuel: background, authorship; title; date of book; historical setting; outlines