Week 12

March 19-25

Courtesy of the Bible Project

This week we dive into 1 Samuel 1-24!

This week we dive into 1 Samuel 1-24!
Hey reading community,

Last week we witnessed Israel’s slow descent into madness in the book of Judges. Ruth gave us a reprieve and a glimmer of hope for a Messiah who can truly deliver Israel from its enemies and their cycle of sin and self-destruction. This week you'll move on to 1 and 2 Samuel, which might be more accurately called "1 and 2 David." This is because the whole purpose of the book is to introduce you to King David, who becomes the first king over all the tribes of Israel.

The story begins with the rise of Samuel, the prophet who will establish Israel’s monarchy and appoint their first king, Saul. Saul’s reign is tragic. Outwardly, Saul looks like everything we should aspire to be, but as we'll unpack in this week's blog post, his inner life is a different story. Saul’s story shows us something true about ourselves and gives us the opportunity to choose a different path.

1 Samuel tells of Saul’s slow demise and how it coincides with the rise of David. But first, we’re introduced to the touching and beautiful tale of Hannah. Her story, and especially her song, introduces the key themes that will be explored in greater depth in the story to follow.

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Day 78

1 SAMUEL 1-3, PSALM 78. (1 SAMUEL)

Day 79

1 SAMUEL 4-8, PSALM 79 (NO VIDEO)

Day 80

1 SAMUEL 9-12, PSALM 80 (NO VIDEO)

Day 81

1 SAMUEL 13-14, PSALM 81 (NO VIDEO)

Day 82

1 SAMUEL 15-17, PSALM 82 (NO VIDEO)

Day 83

1 SAMUEL 18-20. PSALM 83 (NO VIDEO)

Day 84

1 SAMUEL 21-24. PSALM 84 (NO VIDEO)

Summary

1 Samuel begins with two coinciding historical events that serve as the backdrop for the first half of this book: the Philistines’ rise to power as Israel’s archenemy and Samuel’s role as the leading prophet in the tenuously connected kingdom of Israel.

The people of Israel demand a king, which is not bad in and of itself. However, God knows the true motivation of their hearts, and at the center of this request is a desire to be like all the other nations. This gets them into trouble because it’s a sign they’ve stopped acknowledging God as their true King. Yahweh honors this request and gives them a leader, Saul. We quickly discover that he has deep character flaws, providing a contrast to David, who is the first embodiment of a humble and obedient king (1 Samuel 16-17).

The rest of 1 Samuel tracks Saul’s slow descent into insanity as he eventually reaches his breaking point. 1 Samuel concludes with the death of Saul and sets the stage for David’s enthronement and reign in 2 Samuel.

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