One King: 1 & 2 Samuel

“God is Not Safe” – 1 Samuel 5-6

Have you ever had something stolen from you? It’s a pretty nasty feeling. We’ve had a car stolen. I’ve had my wallet stolen more than once. It’s not a good feeling to know something is gone and you’re probably not getting it back. Last week, Israel lost the most valuable thing they had – the ark of the covenant. And humanly speaking, it should have been the end of a religion. How could an ancient god recover from something like…

“Shameful Loss” – 1 Samuel 4

A few times during his ministry, Jesus quoted from the prophet Isaiah. “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” The world today has an abundance of knowledge. We have more information than we could ever need. But knowledge is not the same thing as understanding. Look with me at 1 Samuel 4, beginning in verse 1: 1 Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and…

“The Word of the Lord” – 1 Samuel 3

No introduction today. This is a familiar Bible story so I want to just dive right in. 1 Samuel 3. 1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3 The lamp of…

“Good Father, Faithful Son” – 1 Samuel 2:12-36

I introduced the book of Samuel last week with a question: Is God King? Does He mean more to you than whatever it is you want from Him? How can you tell? How do you know? Let’s continue reading in 1 Samuel 2: 12 Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord. In Hebrew, it says that these men were “sons of Belial”, which is possibly the name of a demon or another name…

“Favored, but Barren” – 1 Samuel 1

This morning we will begin a study of first and second Samuel. The story begins during the period of the Judges with a man named Elkanah. 1 There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. In other words, Elkanah has roots in Bethlehem, from the same family as Naomi. 2 He had two wives. The name…
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