1 Samuel Week 1
By Teresa Swanstrom Anderson
Pearls And Prayers Bible Study
As I mentioned in our Intro to 1 Samuel, the nation of Israel was living in a time of darkness as we begin reading this book of the Bible. The book of Judges shares how they were torn apart by a lack of leadership and a nation forgetting their identity in Christ, Judges 21:25 tells us, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” God appointed judges to lead His people but their freedom generally only lasted as long as the judge was alive. And the judges themselves are flawed humans, too. They didn’t always lead well. Think of Samson, for example.
So as we enter into 1 Samuel, we are introduced to Hannah, the mother of the prophet who will eventually anoint Israel’s chosen king. Remember that…Israel’schosen king. Not God’s.
God didn’t want a king for the Israelites. HE was their King…but they didn’t want Him.