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January 16, 2022 – 1 Samuel 15 – Saul Spares Agag

God had commanded Israel to “blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” But King Saul neglects to kill the Amalekite King Agag. For this disobedience, Saul’s kingdom would be taken from him and given to another – David. … Continue reading

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January 9, 2022 – 1 Samuel 14:24-52 – Saul’s rash Vow

King Saul makes a rash and dangerous oath that almost causes the death of his son Jonathan. Notes on 1 Samuel 14:24-52

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January 2, 2022 – 1 Samuel 14:1-23 – Jonathan’s Bold Attack

When the Philistines move against Israel, Jonathan and his armorbearer attack without consulting his father Saul. In the midst of the resulting miraculous victory, Saul again disobeys God. Notes on 1 Samuel 14:1-23

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December 12, 2021 – 1 Samuel 13 – Saul’s Impatience

After two years as king, Saul is faced with a Philistine invasion. But instead of waiting to confer with Samuel, as he was told, Sauls feel forced into offering a sacrifice, a requirement before his army can respond. Because of … Continue reading

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December 5, 2021 – 1 Samuel 12 – Samuel hands over authority to Saul

The judge and prophet Samuel transfers his authority over to Saul, but not without first reminding the people how they sinned in desiring a king. Notes on 1 Samuel 12:1-24

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November 28, 2021 – 1 Samuel 11 – Saul defeats the Ammonites

Confronted by an Ammonite threat against Jabesh-gilead, Saul butchers a yoke of oxen and sends the pieces to each tribe, calling them to war. Israel’s victory convinces the people (and Saul) that he is is the right man to be … Continue reading

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November 14, 2021 – 1 Samuel 10 – Saul Anointed as King

Saul is anointed secretly by Samuel. He then experiences three signs to confirm this in his own mind. Finally, Saul is chosen by lot out of all the tribes to convince everyone he is the one God selected as king. … Continue reading

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