The Kings, Part 1


I and 2 Samuel begin the stories of Israel’s first and most prominent kings:
                                                      Saul, David
, & Solomon. 

 These stories vividly contrast “pride -vs- humility” and “fear –vs– faith.” 

 I Samuel 3:10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel is presented as a man of “faith  and humility”. 

I Samuel 8:19-20  But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

 I Samuel 10:10 When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him;
the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying.

 I Samuel 12:20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; 
yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.”

 I Samuel 13:11-12 “What have you done?” asked Samuel.
Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”



Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Tuesday – 1 Samuel 8:1-9

Wednesday – 1 Samuel 10:9-24

Thursday– 1 Samuel 12:9-25

Friday – 1 Samuel 13:1-14

Saturday – Psalm 1


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