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Liberty University [email protected] University The Owner's Manual File Theological Studies 11-2017 Article 9: First Samuel at a Glance Harold Willmington Liberty University , [email protected] Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Biblical Studies Commons , Christianity Commons , Practical Theology Commons , and the Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Theological Studies at [email protected] University. It has been accepted for inclusion in The Owner's Manual File by an authorized administrator of [email protected] University. For more information, please contact [email protected] . Recommended Citation Willmington, Harold, "Article 9: First Samuel at a Glance" (2017). The Owner's Manual File . 37.
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29 FIRST SAMUEL AT A GLANCE This book records the birth, dedication and ministry of Samuel (Israel’s great prophet), the failures of Eli (Israel’s High Priest), the selection, rejection and death of Saul, Israel’s first king and the first (of 3) anointings o f David to later serve as Israel’s second king. BOTTOM LINE INTRODUCTION GOD SAVE THE KING! GOD SAVE THE KING! For the first time in scripture, this cry is heard (10:24). The book of First Samuel is, among other things, a transitional “bridge” book w hich takes us from the theocracy (where God ruled directly through priests and military leaders) to the monarchy (the direct rule by various kings). FACTS REGARDING THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK 1. Who? Samuel. He was the son of Hannah (1 Sam. 1:19, 20) who anointed both Saul and David as king over Israel (1 Sam. 9:27-10:1; 16:13). 2. What? The books of Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-24 . 3. When and where? 1020 B.C. (?), probably from Shiloh (1 Sam. 3:21) or Ramah (1 Sam. 7:17) in Israel. 4. Why? a. Judges. The woes of Israel (due to sin) and the warriors of God (the 12 Judges) b. Ruth . The thrilling love story of David’s great -grandparents, Boaz and Ruth. c. 1 Sam. 1-24. Saul’s anointing as Israel’s first king and subsequent persecution of David. 5. To whom? The generations living just prior to and immediately following the monarchy in Israel. KEY EVENTS 1. Birth of Samuel 2. Failure of Eli and his wicked sons 3. God’s call to Samuel 4. Capture of the Ark by the Philistines 5. The revival at Mizpeh led by Samuel 6. Israel’s demand for a king 7. Saul’s anointing as Israel’s first king 8. Rejection of Saul as king 9. First anointing of David at Bethlehem 10. David’s victory over Goliath 11. The undying friendship between David and Jonathan 12. Beg inning of David’s flight from Saul 13. The first of two occasions where David spared the life of Saul
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30 14. Saul’s visit to witch of Endor 15. Death of Saul on a battlefield KEY INDIVIDUALS 1. Eli:
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