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Young David does what King Saul is supposed to do: fight Goliath, defend Israel. Instead, Saul depends on David to fight for what is right. And David does so with courage and conviction. David would not let Goliath get away with cursing God and His people.
And the compare and contrast saga between Saul and David begins.
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Found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13
The Israelites were wrong in asking for a king. After all, God was their king, so choosing a human king pretty much told God where they wanted him to go.
God is gracious and compassionate, and he lets the Israelites have a king: Saul. Through Samuel, he told the people (and Saul) that as long as they obeyed the Law then God would work through Saul and his special people, Israel, to be his representatives in the world.
Saul couldn’t do it. These stories account his failure to obey the Lord.
Samuel turns the nation of Israel around and sets them back on the right path to looking like the actual representatives of God in this world. With the Lord’s help, they conquered the Philistines for a while.
But then Samuel wants to turn leadership over to his sons, but they were evil, so the leaders of Israel wanted a king “like all the other nations have.” So God gives them what they want – a king.
The Judges was a dark stain on the history of the Israelites. Doing what was right in their own eyes was a 400-year problem for the Israelites. The story of Ruth is the only bright, shining light during this chaotic time.
Enter Samuel. Samuel will be the last Judge of Israel. Pretty soon Israel is going to reject God as their King and will plea for a human king. Samuel is both a Judge and a kingmaker. It’s only fitting that this special figure in the Old Testament narrative have a special beginning.
This is the story of Samuel’s birth and the prayer deep within his mother’s heart. Here is Hannah’s story: