1 SAMUEL 1-32

On April 18, 2012, we resume our Bible Study with the introduction of the monarchy of Israel. In 1 Samuel we will meet Samuel the great prophet, judge and priest who was also the king maker. We will meet the two first kings of Israel, the weak Saul and the strong David. To understand the history of Israel and the LORD’s saving grace and love for His people one must read and understand 1 and 2 Samuel. This week, we start with 1 Samuel.
Remember: THREE-A-DAY IS THE EASIET WAY! There are 1,189 Chapters in the Bible and to read the whole Bible in 52 Weeks, one must read an average of 3.25 Chapters every day!
We are now in week fourteen and we see the birth of the monarchy of Israel and how far the chosen nation had fallen during the period of the Judges. Here we will see the difference between leaders who God selected versus those selected by men. More importantly we will once again be reminded that with God anything is possible and the LORD can use whomever and whatever He wants to accomplish His purposes.
Please read prayerfully and carefully the assigned chapter and answer these questions that we will discuss in our session on Wednesday:
1. Who was Samuel? Who was his father and who was his mother?
2. What was Samuel’s mother’s problem that caused disgrace and remorse before Samuel was born? What did Samuel’s name mean?
3. Samuel’s father had two wives! What were their names?
4. Why was Samuel’s mother accused of being drunk in 1 Samuel Chapter 1?
5. What does it mean to wean a baby as in 1Samuel Chapter 1?
6. Why do you think Hannah’s Prayer is so beautiful then and now?
7. Samuel is considered the second great prophet of Israel, who was the first? What do you think it meant in Chapter 3:1 when it says the word of the LORD was rare?
8. Who was Eli? To which Tribe did Eli come from?
9. What were the names of Eli’s corrupt sons?
10. What did Eli’s sons do that made the people call them wicked and scoundrels?
11. In which Chapter do we find the powerful call of Samuel by the LORD?
12. What did the man of God prophesy against Eli?
13. In which chapter did the Lord call Samuel? How many times did the LORD call him? How many years had it been since the LORD had spoken to a prophet in Israel?
14. In which chapter did the Philistines capture the Ark of the Covenant?
15. What happened to the Philistines after they stole the Ark of the Covenant?
16. In which chapter did they return the Ark to Israel?
17. In Chapter 8, after Samuel grew older, he appointed his sons as judges. What were the names of Samuel’s sons? What kind of judges did Samuel’s sons become?
18. Why do you think the Israelites demanded Samuel to appoint a king over them?
19. Who became the first king of Israel? Where was he when he was appointed?
20. Why did Samuel not want to appoint a king over Israel? What did the LORD tell Samuel was the real problem with Israel asking for a king? Who was Saul?
21. What kind of king was Saul? Why do you think he was such a failure? How do we know that Saul stood “head and shoulders” above all other men in Israel?
22. What did Saul do that made the LORD reject him as king?
23. What did Samuel say about the LORD and David even before he called David’s name?
24. Who was David’s father? How many brothers did David have? Why do you think the LORD chose David over his older, wiser and better looking brothers?
25. How did David become Saul’s musician? Why did Saul become jealous of David?
26. In Chapter 17 we find one of the greatest stories in the Bible, David’s defeat of the giant Goliath. How tall was Goliath? What does this story say to you about courage and plan execution?
27. In Chapter 17:55, after David killed Goliath, Saul asked who David’s father was. Since David was already working for him, why do you think Saul asked that question?
28. The more David won victories, the more Saul hated him. Why?
29. What was the covenant between Saul’s son Jonathan and David?
30. What made Jonathan and David’s friendship so special? How did Jonathan save David’s life and show what great friends they were? Do you think David’s love for Jonathan was one of the reasons David did not kill Saul when he had the chance? How many times did David spare Saul’s life when he had the chance to kill him?
31. When did David eat the Showbread? How did Jesus use this incident in the New Testament to show that people were more important than rituals?
32. David showed himself to be a great leader and diplomat. When did he show some of his leadership skills?
33. David also showed he loved killing and had a temper. Tell us some of the examples of how much David loved killing people and signs of his bad temper?
34. Early on David showed signs that he would be a flawed king. Can you name some examples?
35. How did Saul and his son Jonathan die?
Although Samuel was the great prophet, priest and judge and Eli was a failure as a priest, they both had sons who turned away from the LORD and became wicked. What does this say to you about how good fathers and “bad fathers” still have sons who turn out bad? What was the central corrupting influence for the sons of Eli and Samuel?
As great as David was, he showed he was a man of war. Do you think David was killing even when the LORD did not tell him to do it? What happens when men become lovers of violence? Do you think that is one reason we have so much gun violence in America?