Tomorrow we will begin reading the book of Samuel which will take us through an awesome journey.
Samuel: “the name of God”, root is “Hearer of God”
1 and 2 Samuel were actually one book in the Hebrew Bible and one will immediately follow the other. Samuel will be Israel’s last Judge to be raised up and we now will segway into the time of the kings. 1 Samuel will cover a period of about 500 years bringing us to about 586 BC when we are done. (the Old Testament ends at around 400 BC.)
This book will cover 3 men that we will recognize: Samuel, Saul, and David. The days of the Judges were very dark, as we witnessed in our readings, until God raised up Samuel, a prophet, a priest and a judge. The book begins in the days of the judges and describes Israel’s transition from a theocracy (lead by God) to a monarchy (lead by a king.)
The author of Samuel was possibly Samuel but also includes writings from the prophets Nathan and Gad (1 Chronicles 29:29.)
Samuel was committed to doing what was right in God’s eyes. Unfortunately, the people INSISTED on a human king appointed to them (like the pagan nations around them had!!). We will witness the reign and decline of Saul, the first king; and the choice and preparation of David, Israel’s greatest king.
It is important to remember that the Ark of the Covenant, the tabernacle we read so much about has been in the same place, Shiloh. Shiloh is where God stopped the Ark from moving forward(with the cloud by day and fire by night), so there it remains.
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
This is when we will begin what I call our “popcorn” reading of the Bible. I call it this because we will begin jumping into different books and in some cases feel we are reading the same things over again. The reason we will be “jumping around” is because we are reading the books in the order they were written historically.
It seems a little crazy at first but for me… this made the OT fall into place. I understood so many things so much better reading it this way.
My prayer is that things will stand out to you as never before and God will touch your heart in a way you will never forget!!
Sharing HIS love,