Thru the Bible in 24 Weeks Introduction The Bible contains stories of the greatest EVILS . . . . . betrayals, revenge, deception The ultimate Prince of Deception - Satan The Bible contains stories of the greatest GOOD . . . . . miracles, achievements, courage The greatest sacrifice for you and me The crucifixion & resurrection Of Jesus Christ our Lord! st 1 & nd 2 samuel 10th Century BC. Author: Unknown Picture of Saul, Samuel, & David 1 & 2 Samuel is 1 book in Hebrew Bible 1 & 2 Samuel Chapter Summary Chapter Description 1 Samuel 1-4 Transition from Judges to establishment of Monarchy 1 Samuel 4-7 The Ark of the Covenant (taken by Philistines then returned) 1 Samuel 7-12 Institution of Monarchy 1 Samuel 13-15 Reign of Saul 1 Sam 16 – 2 Sam 5 David’s Rise to Power 2 Samuel 5-9 2 Samuel 10-24 David’s Successes: Jerusalem capital city, Ark/Yahweh reestablished David’s Failures: adultery, murder, sexual misconduct, violence Ch 10-20 Men Against David. Son, Absalom takes throne Ch 21-24 God’s Actions Against David, famine & plagues Picture of History of the time • Philistines were the main threat during period, oppressing Israel for 40 years (Philistines in 5 main cities) • Philistines stole Ark of Covenant but ended up with plagues – returned it with 5 gold mice and 5 gold hemorrhoids • Philistines defeated by Samuel, trouble for Saul, totally subdued by David • People wanted king to fight enemies, even tho God fought their battles, winning while they were in fellowship with God – lost when not in fellowship with God People’s Willful Rejection of the Lord’s Rule over them Samuel: Leader but not King • Hannah barren, prayed; Samuel dedicated to God • The last of the judges, prophet, priest • Ark of Covenant captured by Philistines; plague; Ark not brought back to Israel until David’s reign • Placed Israel’s 1st king on the throne - Saul • Anointed David (Read 2 Samuel 7: Davidic Covenant) See History of the establishment of Davidic Covenant Institution of the Monarchy (human king) Saul : First King • Showed early promise to be a good king – modest, direct, generous (until later in his years) • Made David chief of soldiers; Jonathan’s best friend • Disregarded God’s order to kill ALL Amalekites. He spared livestock & King Agag (line of Haman – wait til Esther) • Turned against David and wanted David dead • David found Saul in cave – spared his life (cut robe) David: Goliath to 40-year King • Just after Saul made king, 9’9” professional Philistine soldier, Goliath, against Israelites, wanted 1/1 fight, expectation was with Saul; but young boy, David, with 5 stones, took challenge, won Goliath’s sword and head. Why 5 stones? • 1st, David was King of Judah then 7 years later, all of Israel, capital in Jerusalem, gave justice to all, poet, songwriter – wanted to build temple BAD! God said no, 2 Sam 12:10: “Sword shall never leave your house” • David’s Household turns into a Disaster: Bathsheba affair, 1st child died; had her husband killed, David’s son raped his daughter, son killed brother, son led rebellion against David with help of Ahithpoel (Bathsheba’s grandfather). Next week 1 Kings: Solomon, 40 year reign, builds Temple FINAL THOUGHTS What sins do we have in our lives? What sins are passed on to our sons/daughters? David had many sins yet was a “Man after God’s own heart” God made covenant with David but would not allow David to build God’s house / temple. What blessings will we miss out on because of our disobedience?