1 Samuel Overview

The Plot:

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?

The Theme:

  • 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.

The Cast:

  • 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.

 Key Lines:

  • “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)


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