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1 Samuel 14

The Philistines are defeated by Jonathan and followed by Saul. Saul gives a foolish order and Jonathan is almost killed by him. Saul’s military efforts are summarized.

  • Think and meditate on verse 6, especially the last part (cp. Lev 26:8; Josh 23:10; Judg 7).
  • Who was credited with the victory (v. 23)?
  • Saul’s request to “roll a great stone” in verse 33 sounds puzzling, but read it with verses 34–35. What was Saul doing? How often had he done this? What does that say about where he was spiritually?

1 Samuel 13

After defeating a Philistine garrison, the Philistines surround Saul and his army. Saul sins by offering the sacrifice; Samuel condemns Saul.

  • After the great victory over the Amorites and the public reaffirmation of the previous chapter come the events of this chapter. What application can you make from this?
  • What is the mark/evidence of one whose heart belongs to the Lord (vv. 13–14)?

1 Samuel 12

Samuel reviews the Lord’s deliverance and protection of Israel despite their sin and unbelief. He urges them to love and serve the Lord for their good and God’s glory.

  • In verses 9–10, how did Israel “forget” the Lord?
  • What role did all Israel have in the establishment of the kingdom and the king (v. 14)?
  • What was it that motivated, or moved, God to make Israel His people (v. 22)? How is this true in believers’ lives today? How should that affect and control you?

1 Samuel 11

The Amorites attack, and Saul leads Israel to victory.

  • What was Saul’s appeal in verse 7? How did the Lord use it, and what was the effect?
  • Verse 14 was a public reaffirmation that Saul was the king God had chosen. It also served to emphasize who Saul was ultimately responsible to. What Samuel said at this meeting is set forth in the next chapter.

1 Samuel 10

The Lord changes Saul’s heart; Samuel anoints Saul king.

  • How did the Lord equip Saul to lead Israel? Did Saul seek this?
  • How did Samuel prepare Israel for a king (v. 25)? What does this say about the importance of God’s Word for every aspect of your life? What should you do then?

1 Samuel 9

Saul searches for his lost donkeys, comes to Samuel, and eats with him.

  • Why were prophets called “seers” (v. 9)?
  • Note verse 16—what was the people’s prayer? Trace through this chapter how the Lord answered this prayer.

1 Samuel 8

Israel demands a king like the nations; Samuel warns what such will be like.

  • What kind of leader did Israel want? Compare also verse 20; 12:12.
  • What was God’s evaluation of the people’s request?

1 Samuel 7

The Ark is brought to Kiriath-jearim; Samuel leads Israel to seek the Lord and He protects them against the Philistines.

  • Note the actions Samuel directs Israel to take in verse 3. Meditate on these and apply them to your life.
  • In verse 12, “Ebenezer” means “the stone of help.”
  • How did Samuel lead Israel in their response to the Philistines? Compare this with Proverbs 3:5–6.

Resources for July 8-14, 2013

This week’s bulletin is available here, our daily devotional here, and our doctrinal study on God’s self-existence here.

1 Samuel 6

The Philistines send the Ark of the Covenant away and the cows lead it back. Though the Israelites recover it, some look inside it and are judged.

  • Why did the Lord kill those who looked into the Ark?
  • Why do you think they were looking into the Ark?
  • What does this say about how we should think about and value obedience to the Lord?

1 Samuel 5

The Lord smites the Philistines wherever they have the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Note what the Philistines say in verse 7—what do they mean by the “hand” of the Lord?
  • What does this account say about the true God? Why would anyone continue in idolatry then?

1 Samuel 4

Israel is defeated in battle by Philistia; the ark is captured; Hophni and Phineas are killed and Eliza dies.

– How did the Israelites view the Ark of the Covenant? What does that say about where their trust truly lay?
– The Israelites’ misplaced trust also shows their blindness to the real cause of their defeat.
– “Ichabod” means “where is the honor?” or “no glory,” (v. 21)