1 Samuel Overview
The tribes of Israel are disjointed and disobedient. The Judges and Priests have failed to guide the people rightly, and the people have failed spiritually, economically and militarily. A new Prophet arises and a King is anointed. But will the Leaders and the people walk in obedience and trust?
- Leaders … no matter what kind must have character.
- All people fail [sin] at some level.
- Failures of people do not stop the promises of God.
- Samuel & Eli – religious leaders; 1 ‘good’, 1 ‘bad’.
- Saul & David – political leaders; 1 ‘good’, 1 bad’
- Eli’s Sons/ Samuel’s Sons – Failed 2nd Gen leaders.
- Elkanah and Wives- religious dysfunctional family.
- Jonathan- Saul’s son. Selfless, loyal to David.
- Abigail- wise woman stuck in bad marriage.
- Ahimelech- good priest at wrong place wrong time.
- King of Gath- enemy and unlikely ally for David.
- Doeg the Edomite- Gov’t official who shows true colors.
- “Those who honor Me I will honor; those who despise me will be disdained” (1 Samuel 2:30)
- “For the sake of His great name the LORD will not reject His people, because the LORD was pleased to make you His own” (1 Samuel 12:22)
- “To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22)