Tag: 1 Samuel

How The Mighty Have Fallen

The first king of Israel is dead at the hand of Israel’s enemy the Philistines. The people of Israel had asked for a king because of their fear of the nations around them. Now though, they not only have enemies…

If I Have Found Favor in Your Eyes

David and his men find refuge in the land of the Philistines. It is an unusual request, but David is the known enemy of Saul so he asks in 1 Samuel 27:5–6 Then David said to Achish, “Please, if I…

May Yahweh Judge Between Me and You

David speaks out to Saul again saying in 1 Samuel 24:12 “May Yahweh judge between me and you, and may Yahweh avenge me on you, but my hand will not be against you!” and Saul must recognize David is speaking…

I Am Giving Your Enemy Into Your Hand

The full force of Saul’s wrath is poured out on the priest of Nob. Saul can’t hear anything the priests have to say, and even though in 1 Samuel 22:17 “the servants of the king were not willing to raise…

Yahweh Will Be Between Me and You Forever

David recognizes that Saul has set himself to kill David. Jonathan, Saul’s son and apparent heir to the throne of Israel must choose between his father and David. Jonathan recognizes his fathers’ delusion and establishes an oath with David in…

They Also Prophesied

David has the “Spirit of Yahweh” since being anointed in 1 Samuel 16:13 so has no fear and in 1 Samuel 17:48 “David ran quickly to the battle line to meet the Philistine” and killed him. Saul needs the army…

The Battle Belongs to Yahweh

Saul has been rejected by the Lord but is still on the throne as king of Israel. David has been anointed and in 1 Samuel 16:13 “the Spirit of Yahweh rushed upon David from that day on”. While Saul struggles,…

Have You Come in Peace

Saul is rash, he is courageous and a man of war, but not wise in his words or actions and also swayed by the influence of those around him. Saul returns from battle with the Amalekites saying he has done…

Perhaps Yahweh Will Act For Us

Saul is anointed by Samuel, then rallies the people to fight the Philistines but the Philistines respond with overwhelming forces. Saul’s army is scattering and in 1 Samuel 17:7 “followed him (Saul) trembling”. Samuel had told Saul to wait seven…

Serve Yahweh With All Your Heart

The elders of Israel are afraid because there are armies around them. The Philistines have been a long-standing threat and now they fear the Ammonites so they come to Samuel and asked for a king. In their minds, a king…

Let Us Go Up To The Seer

Samuel is nearing the end of his time as a judge of Israel and the leaders come to him asking in 1 Samuel 8:5 “appoint a king for us to judge us, like all the nations”. While this was never…

Commit Your Hearts to Yahweh

Israel has been plagued by their enemies, the Philistines and they have suffered at the hand of Eli’s sons, the “worthless scoundrels” in 1 Samuel 2:12. But it wasn’t just these two, the nation as a whole had fallen away.…

Yahweh Came and Stood There

Hannah and her faithful husband Elkanah are blessed and the Lord gives her five more children. And she still sees her son Samuel in 1 Samuel 2:19 “His mother used to make for him a small robe and take it…

I Grin Over My Enemies

Naomi and Ruth suffer great loss and Ruth gives up her family and culture and religion to return to Bethlehem. But God opens a way for them and has Boaz waiting. They are redeemed and the Lord gives them back…