Day 53 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 1 to 6
Introduction to 1 Samuel
The books of 1 and 2 Samuel used to be one book. The writer wrote the book in the *Hebrew language.
Many years later, men translated the Bible into the Greek language (the language of the *New Testament). These men divided this book into two parts.
The name of the book comes from the first important person in this book. He was Samuel the *prophet. But Samuel did not write the book. He died before the end of it.
We do not know who wrote the book. The author lived after King Solomon had died in about 930 BC (930 years Before Christ).
After Solomon died, the country of *Israel divided into two countries, *Israel and *Judah.
The country of *Judah included the *tribes of *Judah and Benjamin (see 1 Kings 12:1-24).
In 1 and 2 Samuel the author often refers to *Judah as a country.
In those days, the kings and leaders employed writers. They wrote about the events in their country. The *prophets also wrote accounts of events.
2 Samuel 1:18; 1 Kings 11:41; 14:19, 29; 1 Chronicles 27:24; 29:29 all refer to these writers and their books. The writer of 1 and 2 Samuel probably got most of his information from these accounts.
The book of 1 Samuel records a major change from the time of the judges to *Israel’s first king.
The judges had led the *Israelites for about 350 years after the death of Joshua. During this time the *Israelites called their leaders ‘judges’.
Samuel was the last of the judges. He was also a *prophet and a priest. Samuel *anointed Saul, the first king of *Israel.
But Saul did not obey God. So, God chose another king, David, who would obey him. 1 Samuel ends with the death of Saul. The book of 2 Samuel records the life of David as king.
🍇 Simple thoughts for
I Samuel: 3:10 " Samuel said, Speak, your servant is listening" Young Samuel in the temple must have wondered when he heard his name being called in the midst of his spleeping. Three times he presented himself to Eli, the high priest. Only the third time did Eli realize it was the Lord speaking to Samuel. The word of the Lord had been rare at that time and the people were not in tune with His voice. But Eli instructed Samuel how to respond.
⚡ The Lord speaks much more now than in the days of Samuel. But we cannot hear. We need to learn to hear His voice and
respond in obedience. We live in a world of noise. Almost everywhere we go, we sink into the noise, by which we come into a state
not to concentrate on anything. Doctors suggest that this situation is hazardous to our health also. But we are helpless. The pertinent question is that, how can we listen to the still small voice of the Lord, in the midst of the noise.
⚡ Hearing God's voice means not listening to the noise of the world around us. It is not easy but it can be done. Jesus said, " My
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" ( John: 10:27 ) Here Jesus is the Shepherd and we are His sheep. It is
said that sheep have an ability to perceive the voice of their Shepherd irrespective of the time and place. It is because of their
close relationship with their master.
⚡So, first of all, listening to God requires a close familiarity and relationship with him, our Shepherd. Listening to God needs a heart committed to understand his message. Listening to God requires a right altitude in our hearts. In order to listen to God and
receive his instructions we must want to do his will. David prayed,"Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning, for in thee do I trust" ( Psalm: 143: 8)
⚡ When you listen his message and obey him, you will discover a life that is full and rich with purpose, confident, you are following
your master. The Lord always speaks to his children, but we need to discern his voice. Did you listen to your master today ?
Dr. Thomas David.🎯