Week 25: 1 Samuel

Prepare these questions for Sunday, September 22, 2013.  We will not meet on September 15 due to Vertical Reality.

1Samuel is the first half of the story of how Israel went from having judges who ruled to having a monarchy. It starts with the prophet/judge Samuel and then moves into the transition to Israel's first kings, Saul and David. It is unclear who actually wrote down the stories, but it is certain that this book (along with 2nd Samuel and 1st and 2nd Kings) is meant to record the history of the monarchy of Israel.

1. Who was Samuel and how did he become a prophet/judge of Israel?

2. Who was Saul and how did he become the first king of Israel?

3. How did David enter the story and what was his relationship to Saul?

4. What are the highlights of the following events in David's life?
-battle with Goliath
-Saul tried to kill David
-friendship with Jonathon
-spared Saul's life in the cave

5. Why was it disobedient for Israel to demand a king? Where have you willfully demanded something you knew was disobedient in your life and what were the consequences?

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