A monumental story of promise and fulfillment I Samuel has three main characters; Samuel, Saul and David. These men, with all their various flaws (especially Saul and David), provide leadership to the nation of Israel as it goes from a loosely knit group of tribes to a United nation under a centralized monarchy. The key themes that will emerge are
(Pictures from my ministry trips to Malawi, Africa) I Samuel 2 Hannah is the real deal At the end of chapter 1, once Samuel has been weaned, Hannah takes Samuel back to the priest, Eli, who thought she was drunk. Hannah said to Eli "for this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So, I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord."
(Pictures from my ministry trips to Malawi, Africa) I Samuel 2 A high commitment from Hannah Samuel is born through the adversity of Hannah; her barrenness, her heartfelt pleading and petitions, her commitment to dedicate her son to lifetime ministry should God answer her and then the blessings of God to open her womb. Samuel is born and Hannah praises God with an amazing song of thanksgiving in 2:1-11.
I Samuel 3 Lead, follow or get out of the way! The Bible is full of men and women who are specially used of God for a unique purpose in His plan to redeem and raise up a Godly people - whether Israel in the OT or the church in the NT. Samuel was such a man. 2:18 says, "Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy...". God called Samuel at a young age and gave him a large measure of grace to love and serve God.