Samuel was a great leader of God’s people. When the nation of Israel called for a king, it was the beginning of the end for this nation. The kings lead God’s people into idolatry, and ultimately, complete destruction.
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Lesson One: The Birth of Samuel
The birth of Samuel is a reminder of God’s grace. Samuel was an answered prayer for God’s people and for Samuel’s mother. Never think that your prayers don’t matter. If it matters to you, it matters to God.
Lesson Two: The Dedication of Samuel
Our God keeps his promises. Hannah Spirit wrought response breaks out hearts and makes us proud. This leads us to wonder how her song of praise influenced saint for generations to come.
Lesson Three: The House of Eli
Our God is serious about worship. The House of Eli had become a disgrace in the eyes of God’s people. Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked.
Lesson Four: Speak, O Lord
“Speak, O Lord, for you servant is listening.” With these words the church has submitted to the Word of the Lord for thousands of years. This week we listen to our God with young Samuel.
Lesson Five: The Glory Has Departed
It’s hard to watch, but God is starting to keep his dreadful promise against the house of Eli. How bad was the disaster? Is the Ark of the Covenant a lucky rabbit’s foot? We’ll find out in this lesson.
Lesson Six: Raiders of the Lost Ark
It was a sign of just how far Israel had sunk when God’s people used the Ark of the Covenant as a good luck charm. That doesn’t mean God can’t use this as an opportunity to punish his enemies.
Lesson Seven: Samuel the Judge
What did an Old Testament Judge do? How did a Judge lead God’s people? You have a great example in Samuel in these verses. The Judge didn’t need to be a military leader, just God fearing.
Lesson Eight: Israel Asks for a King
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. When Samuel’s sons become corrupt Israel decides that they are ready for a change. They want a king.
Lesson Nine: Samuel Anoints Saul
Saul was anointed as the first king of Israel. What could go wrong? We’ll find out this morning as we dig into 1 Samuel 9.
Lesson Ten: Saul Made King
Saul is officially the first King of Israel. So why is he hiding in the baggage? Why did he think he could hide if he was a head taller than everyone else? In this lesson we’ll see how Israel responds to their first king.
Lesson Eleven: Saul Rescues His People
We have a hostage situation in Israel. It’s looking grim for God’s people. Who are you goona call? How about the new king? Will heads roll in the end?
Lesson Twelve: Farewell Samuel
Goodbyes can be hard. Samuel knew that he was the last judge to rule God’s people. I think he also knew that Israel being ruled by a king would end in tears.
Lesson Thirteen: Samuel Rebukes Saul
Sometimes it’s hard to find a good weapon. It’s almost impossible when all the blacksmiths are gone. We’ll see that waiting – for King Saul – is the hardest part.
Lesson Fourteen: Israel Strike Back
When things look grim, that’s right when our God likes to step in. That was true when Saul was king a thousand years ago and true now.
Lesson Fifteen: Bittersweet Battle
Have you ever said something that sounded good in your head, but after it crossed your lips, you realized how foolish it sounded? That’s what we find today in our bittersweet story.
Lesson Sixteen: Rejected by God
No one likes being rejected, but being rejected by God is literally soul crushing. We’ll look at the reasons behind this. Did Saul deserve this judgement? Could this ever happen to us?
Lesson Seventeen: David Anointed
This was not a peaceful time in Israel. Tensions were on edge as the prophet walked into Bethlehem. Was he here for peace? Would Saul’s representatives be right behind him to cause more trouble? Trouble would come, but today we meet the new king.
Lesson Eighteen: David and Goliath
It has become a metaphor for an underdog. You hear it brought up in sports, politics, and even business. Anytime someone smaller and weaker goes against someone bigger and stronger, the phrase David and Goliath can be mentioned. This story was even included straight from Scripture in my public school English text book as a child. In this story God saves his people. One of the themes of Scripture is how God uses the weak to accomplish his goals.
Lesson Nineteen: Saul’s Jealousy
You might think that Saul would be happy for David. He was enjoying success. And that meant Saul was enjoying success too! David was making Saul look good before God and God’s people. So why was Saul jealous?
Lesson Twenty: Saul’s Jealousy II
Here we being the long and depressing account of King David running for his life. He is not king yet, so the fact that God had chosen him to be the next king of Israel may not be all that helpful. Watch as God’s plan works itself out.
Lesson Twenty-One: David and Jonathan
No one could ignore Saul’s behavior towards David. He had to flee for his life. That meant leaving behind family and friends. This doesn’t sound like the fairytale one might think about for the next anointed king of Israel. Even so, God still works out his plan.