Currently, I am writing this less than two hours away from when this gets published haha 🙂 but I REALLY have been looking forward to completing 1st Samuel. I started this book around February, and there has been so much that has gone on. This book has had the most parts, and I definitely think I’ll follow suit with the next books. My rule is either 5 chapters or to stop a post when I reach about 1,000 words.
Thank you for joining me thus far, let’s continue. 🙂
Ch. 28 Saul Consults Medium
We left David being an ally to the Philistines, and we begin with Saul and the rest of Israel mourning Samuel. Now because Samuel is gone, and because Saul cannot get the Lord to respond to him, Saul decides he needs to seek help for guidance. If he can’t go to the ones who gave him guidance, he will make them come to him.
Which is why he turned to a medium.
And let it be known, mediums were killed during this time because of Saul. This leads him to disguise himself, asking for a seance.
The woman isn’t fooled easily, she wants to know why this man is trying to set her up in a trap.
When she sees the spirit of Samuel she immediately knows Saul deceived her, but he tells her not to be afraid.
Saul begs Samuel for help, or anything positive really, but the truth of the matter was Samuel told him that what God said would happen, he and his sons being delivered into the hands of the Philistines would happen, and there was nothing he could do about it.
Afterward, Saul can’t move out of fear, and it takes the woman and Saul’s men great lengths to get Saul to eat some food.
Ch. 29- Philistines Reject David
When the Philistine princes see David is part of the army they want nothing to do with him and they demand he leave. Achish, though he didn’t find fault with David, complies.
Ch. 30 David’s Issue With Amalekites
The Amalekites were pillaging and capturing a city. They didn’t kill anyone, surprisingly, but they took a lot of stuff and burned the city with fire.
David requests of the Lord to know if he and his men could take them down, and the Lord tells him, “Yes.”
David finds someone to take him down to the troop and David attacks them from twilight till the evening of the next day. No one escaped except four hundred young men who fled. David recovers everything that was taken.
There are some greedy men among David and they feel that those who did not go with David and his men do not deserve the spoils from winning. However, David replies that it was God who helped them win, and therefore they would give to others.
Ch. 31- Death of Saul and Sons
The Philistines sought Saul out and injured him greatly by arrows while killing his sons.
Saul, however, refuses to be killed by the Philistines. He requests of his armorbearer to thrust his sword through Saul and kill him. And the armorbearer could not do it. Instead, Saul commits suicide by falling on his sword. When the armorbearer sees Saul is dead, he too commits suicide following the act of his master.
The Philistines celebrated, treating the body of Saul disrespectfully. When valiant men heard about this, they retrieved the body and gave it a proper burial.
–END of 1 Samuel
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-Hannah had faith in the Lord before Samuel was born. Our faith doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else because God gets it. Just like when the priest thought Hannah was drunk.
-The Lord provided for Samuel before Samuel knew what his calling was. All we have to do is be willing and ready for the Lord to use us. He will help us know what our calling is and where we need to be.
-God equips us with an armor stronger than what this world gives us, we see this when David prepared to take on a giant.
– Mercy and kindness say a lot about a person. Abagail showed this when she was kind to David and his men. David showed this when he listened to the Lord and refused to kill Saul, despite the encouragement and acceptance of the act from those around him.
– When God says it will be done, then it will be done. There is no hiding or running from it.
Next time, we will be starting 2 Samuel. See you then!
Month Scripture (MSG) Galatians 6:9-10, “So lets not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.”
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