1 & 2 Samuel

When David was born, his parents likely believed that he would live a life that wouldn’t add up to much. He was the youngest of his brothers. He cared for his father’s sheep. His admission to the royal court did not come with trumpets and fanfare, but as a musician to soothe Saul’s troubled soul. Who could have guessed that he would go on to set the standard for kings in Israel? Who could have guessed that he would go on to be anointed by Samuel as king, because God desired a “man after his own heart” to be in leadership, rather than Saul? Who could have guessed that he would be an ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ?

If you don’t think you add up to much, if you don’t think you have a place or a purpose in  life, I would encourage you to look at the life of David. God plucked him out of obscurity with a specific task in mind: to lead His people. While you or I are likely not going to become the leader of a nation, appointed by God, God has a specific task for each of us. Whether it’s sharing the Gospel with the nations, encouraging believers as they grow in their faith, or whether it’s raising your children so that they know the love of God, God values you, loves you, and has a specific plan for your life. He doesn’t care about whether you are great in the eyes of the world – He knows your heart.

The next books are 1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles. Together, these books take eight to nine hours to read.

1 & 2 Samuel

Main Idea: The people of God ask for a king, though God is still the Ultimate King; Saul, the people’s choice for king, meets a tragic end, while David, God’s choice for king, is blessed by the Lord as a man after God’s own heart.

Reason Written: Written to show the institution of the monarchy and to show the way in which David was God’s appointed king.

Timeless Truth: God values a person’s heart over their worldly status (1 Samuel 16:6-13).


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