Samuel 2023

The two books of Samuel chronicle the shift from a system of judges to a monarchy. In addition to a recounting of the history and God's reaction to the change, the books provide an interesting study in the importance of fathers and the consequences of their failures. 

This line of thought was suggested by Professor Justin Jackson in a Hillsdale College online course.

  • 1Sam23_1,2 The Birth of Samuel

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    The birth of Samuel. Samuel's mother, Hannah, was barren and bitter about it. Her prayer and promise to God flows from that anguish of soul. After the birth of her son, she makes a song of praise. Mary's prayer, although shorter, is essentially the same. The background on the Priest Eli and his corrupt sons sets the scene for the entire book - the importance of fathers and the consequences of their failure.
  • 1Sam23_3-7 The Ark in Philistia

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    The ArK of the Covenant is captured by the Philistines at the battle of Aphek and the priests Hophni and Phinehas are killed. The Ark proves to be quite capable of taking care of itself and the Philistines hasten to send it back to Israel.