I Samuel 16

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel . . . I will send you to Jesse . . . for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can...

I Samuel 15

The word of the LORD came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” (I Samuel 15:10) We, much like our Old Testament friends, are a forgetful people. In addition to our self-dependence, we...

I Samuel 14

And his armor-bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.” (I Samuel 14:7) In this text we see leadership matters. Character matters. While Jonathan was a wise, thoughtful leader, his father, King Saul was not....

I Samuel 13

So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering . . . Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the...

I Samuel 12

And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty....

I Samuel 11

And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled. (I Samuel 11:6) Saul was going about his daily business when troubling news regarding the plight of his people reached him. The power, wisdom, and strength of God Himself were leveled...

I Samuel 10

When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. (I Samuel 10:9) The old adage, ‘Be careful what you wish for’ is realized in this chapter. God gave the people of Israel what they desired, knowing the...

I Samuel 9

And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father’s house? Saul answered, “Am I not a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel? And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe...

I Samuel 8

But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”  (I Samuel 8:19-20)...

I Samuel 7

And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of...