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Lesson1-Intro to 1st Samuel
Today we begin a study on a series of books that were at one time a single unified work. However in our modern Christian (especially Protestant) bibles that single unified work became divided into 4 books. We’ll examine all 4, in order, and the ...
Lesson2-1st Samuel 1
The result of this Hebrew to Greek translation that took place in Alexandria, Egypt around 250 years before the birth of Christ was a work that came to be called the Septuagint, or the LXX for short. It was actually a pretty good and faithful ...
Lesson3-1st Samuel 1, 2
For Hebrews the inability of a woman to conceive a child carried serious religious overtones with it. In other ancient societies fertility was just as important as it was for the Israelites, however the issue was societal, not spiritual. Certainly ...
Lesson4-1st Samuel 2
Interestingly, we will find that Hannah’s Prayer becomes a model for some important New Testament passages, and in some cases it is simply directly quoted and at other times it is somewhat paraphrased. Last week’s lesson was pretty technical; ...
Lesson5-1st Samuel 2 cont.
Notice that this Psalm is mostly a series of couplets that explains God’s activity on earth, and the means by which He balances the scales of divine justice. These couplets often used as a method that literary-types call merism as a means to get ...
Lesson6-1st Samuel 2 end
READ 1ST SAMUEL 2:18 – end The statement that Samuel ministered (or better, served) in the presence of Adonai is at least partly to give us a contrast between the behavior and nature of Samuel as opposed to Eli’s two worthless ...
Lesson7-1st Samuel 3, 4
But God also made Eli a promise that the original priestly family (meaning the overall clan of Aaron of the tribe of Levi, of which Eli was a sub-clan) would not be cut off from God’s original promise that was made to them back in Egypt. Indeed a ...
Lesson8-1st Samuel 4, 5
Let’s read 1st Samuel chapter 4 from beginning to end. READ 1ST SAMUEL 4: 1 – end Let me sum up what we just read here before we get into the details. First, we witnessed the Philistines capture the Ark of the Covenant from ...
Lesson9-1st Samuel 6, 7
When we finished up 1st Samuel chapter 5 last week the Philistine people were still in possession of the precious Israelite Ark of the Covenant; but by now they wished they had never laid eyes upon it.No doubt the Philistines had ...
Lesson10-1st Samuel 7
Indulge me please as I begin today’s lesson with a brief personal sermon that I think is pertinent in connecting our study of 1st Samuel with conditions present in our time. Because afterwards this is going to get personal for you; and if ...
Lesson11-1st Samuel 7, 8
Last week I rattled some cages and challenged some sacred cows by asking you to examine yourself in regard to which things in your life you are hanging on to that please you, but that perhaps have no place in the life of a Believer and certainly ...
Lesson12-1st Samuel 8
As we have together examined the Torah and then moved well into the establishment and progress of Israel, we’ve seen many changes and misadventures of the Hebrew people. And one of the several themes that we see playing out in Israel’s history ...
Lesson13-1st Samuel 8 cont.
The issue is that bible critics of various disciplines point to the seeming contradiction that the Holy Scriptures are at once saying that the Lord approves of Israel having a king, and the Lord does NOT approve of Israel having a king. And I told ...
Lesson14-1st Samuel 8, 9
Before we re-read a portion of chapter 8, keep in mind that we are entering a section of the bible that the more modern bible critics have labeled as unreliable; and this because we seem to have on the one hand the Lord despising the idea of Israel ...
Lesson15-1st Samuel 10
1st Samuel 10 drags us (somewhat unexpectedly) into several deep spiritual issues some of which may sound (on the surface) like a review however it is going to be more of an expansion or perhaps even an unveiling of sorts. So try to stay tuned in ...
Lesson16-1st Samuel 10 Continued
It was not Samuel who wanted Israel to have a king but rather several of the leaders of the most influential tribes of Israel who demanded it of him. Certainly no doubt the leaders of the tribe of Benjamin (Saul’s tribe) were among those lobbying ...
Lesson17-1st Samuel 11
Now we certainly won’t rehash last week’s lesson; but it is important to set the stage for today’s study by summarizing the current condition of the 12 tribes that faced the newly crowned king of Israel. Israel was a deeply divided family. ...
Lesson18-1st Samuel 11,12
Week 18-Lesson 11 and 12 Let’s pick up today with the story of the beginning of King Saul’s reign as the first king of Israel as it is told in 1st Samuel chapter 11. And before we re-read this short ...
Lesson19-1st Samuel 12,13
  1ST SAMUEL Week 19, chapters 12 and 13     Last week things were very historical in presentation as we saw the torch pass from Samuel to Saul, and it was necessary to explain the behind-the-scenes ...
Lesson20-1st Samuel 13,14
  1ST SAMUEL Week 20, chapters 13 and 14       We barely got into 1st Samuel chapter 13 last time and we only read about ½ of the chapter, so in a moment we’ll read the entire chapter ...
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