I am excited… and we begin another amazing journey with the Lord. We start the study of Book of 1 Samuel. Hope you are all equally excited as I am.
Here’s The Book of 1 Samuel Overview
The book of 1 Samuel is about the lives of Samuel, Saul and David. As the book of Judges ends, we find there was no king in Israel and everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. Israel was at a spiritual low point, as their priesthood and judges were corrupt.
Israel desired to be like the other nations and so they demanded to have a King. So God gave Israel what they wanted and Samuel anointed Saul as King. Through a series of bad choices and disobedience of God’s will, Saul ended up rejected by God. A new king was chosen, David, a man after God’s own heart. After David defeated a giant named Goliath, Saul grew jealous of David and sought to kill him.
While David was on the run from Saul, twice he had the opportunity to take Saul’s life but instead he honored the king. In the end, Saul tragically died while on the battlefield fighting the Philistines.
Author: Unknown; some possible writers are Nathan and Gad
Date: about 930BC
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
- The days of Samuel before the monarchy (1-7)
- Israel demands a king and the Monarchy begins (8-12)
- The reign and rejection of King Saul (13-15)
- The fall of Saul and the rise of David (16-31)
Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark – check off your reading each day!
Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:
Here are this week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
Hannah poured her soul out before the Lord passionately, in silent prayer.
Who or what is on your heart today that needs your fervent prayers? Pause now and silently lay your requests before the Lord.
After God answered Hannah’s prayers for a son, she praised God and was full of thanksgiving.
Take a moment and share a praise. What prayer request has God answered for you?
God called Samuel three times before Samuel recognized God’s voice.
We must be listening to God, as we read His Word. Share a verse or passage of scripture that means a lot to you because God has clearly spoken to you through it.
Israel expected a victory because the ark was with them but their disobedience led to defeat.
God is always with you and wants to give you victory but sin holds us back. Confess here below, any sin that is holding you back today.
False gods will always fail before the One True God! One day every knee will bow to Him.
How does this bring you comfort to see the power of your God displayed in 1 Samuel 5?
Special Note: For those who have done previous studies with GMG, we are discontinuing the Reflection Question Graphics due to the length of the question not fitting on a graphic. Going forward, they will be printed in Monday’s Resource post in this format. Please copy and paste them in your emails or Facebook groups. Thank you!
To print the 31 Discussion Questions for 1 Samuel – click here.
The Verses of the Day:
I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on. The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week! Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:
Peace be with you all,