When confronted by Samuel for not completely obeying God’s clear commands, Saul tries to come up with every excuse in the book.
A clear contrast exists between Saul’s arrogance and unbelief and Jonathan’s faith in God and obedience to His Word.
Unlike his father Saul, Jonathan’s faith in God is evident in his behavior.
Saul’s impatience demonstrates the fruit of his unbelief, disobedience, and idolatry of self.
God provides all the necessary resources to equip us to serve Him and please Him.
God uses the choices of man to providentially work all things out according to His sovereign will.
The Israelites wasted an opportunity to trust God and see Him work because they wanted a king like all the other nations.
Although Samuel was a godly prophet and judge, his actions played a part in Israel’s desire to be like all the other nations.
First Samuel 7 describes the prerequisites of true revival for those who have wandered away from fellowship with God.
God’s “heavy hand” will rest on those who say “no” to Him, yet every person has an opportunity to avoid this reality.
Samuel, Hophni, and Phinehas had a similar upbringing but took completely different paths in life. Their attitude toward God made all the difference!
A clear contrast existed between Hannah’s approach to distress and the Israelites’ approach. One brought victory and the other brought defeat.
An overview of the historical context of First Samuel and a survey of the book including its primary theme