- Begin with prayer: “Holy God, help me to be open to your word today.”
- Click on the link below. As you read, watch for what catches your attention or makes you wonder.
- Reflect on the questions interspersed in the readings.
- To learn more about the big picture, visit www.thebibleproject.com and “explore” 1 and 2 Samuel.
1 Hannah’s Prayer
Question: In the church, we often speak about the external call (the affirmation and encouragement of others) and the internal call (the personal discernment). The external call is strong for Samuel! Think about a time you felt an external call. Who supported and urged you in a particular direction? What gifts and talents did they see in you? Why did or didn’t you follow that external call?
After slavery and wandering in the wilderness, Israel has been a loose confederation of tribes. Now the people are anxious to unify and grow in political power. They are afraid of their neighbors and seek safety in a king rather than God. Through Samuel, God warns them that a king will “enslave” them in new ways, but the people refuse to listen. Like a parent, God makes way for children to learn the hard way. What kinds of trade-offs have you made for the sake of security?
Like Eli, Samuel has served Israel with integrity all the days of his life, but his sons are unfit to lead in his place. Have you ever seen division within a family business that ends poorly? Have you been part of a system that has needed to remove unhealthy leaders?