What does 1 and 2 Samuel entails?

What does 1 and 2 Samuel entails: The book of 1 and Samuel covers the reign of two Kings of Israel with contrasting characters. The events…

What does 1 and 2 Samuel entails?


After watching the TBP videos:  1 Samuel & 2 Samuel,   Respond to the following questions:

  1. The TBP videos say that a major theme in  1 and 2 Samuel is that God opposes the proud and exalts the humble.  How does this theme play out in the lives of Saul and David? How has this theme played out in your life?
  2. What hope is there for David, Israel and all humanity in God\’s promise to David in 2 Samuel 7?  How is this promise to David related to God\’s promise to Abraham?  How do you benefit from this promise?

1 and 2 Samuel


The book of 1 and Samuel covers the reign of two Kings of Israel with contrasting characters. The events in 1 and 2 Samuel show how God opposes the proud, rejoice with the humble, and remains faithful to His promises despite man’s fallenness. Saul is the King with character flaws that lead to his ultimate downfall.

He disobeyed God’s command in front of the people and told Samuel that he did so because he feared the people. King Saul gave a sacrifice that only priests could give and tried to make excuses for his sin, claiming that he only wanted to give sacrifice to God (1 Samuel 13:5-14; 15:1-35).

God rejected Saul as the King over Israel for his disobedience and raised David, a humble shepherd, to replace him. David is patient and trusts in God’s timing and purpose. God rewards his obedience and humility as he emerges to be one of the greatest kings of Israel. I have learned to remain humble and shun away from pride through Saul’s and David’s encounters with God. My humility has paid out in many accounts, including my academic progress.

God’s promises to Abraham and David demonstrate that people should always trust in God, and He will deliver. God fulfills His promises despite people’s sinning. God promised David an eternal Kingdom through his descendant (2 Samuel 7:12), which He fulfills with the birth of Jesus from David’s lineage.

People refer to Jesus as the Son of David (Matthew 12:22–23). God fulfilled His promise to David despite his weakness and failure. God also promised Abraham that He would bless the land through him, and he would become the father of nations. God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham’s many descendants (Genesis 22:17), which later came true.

1 and 2 samuel

God also fulfills His promise to Abraham through Jesus Christ. In Matthew 1:1, Matthew refers to Jesus as the son of David, the son of Abraham. God’s fulfillment of these promises is critical in my life as I learn to always trust in God and rely on His timing. I have learned that, despite my weaknesses and failures, God will never forsake me, and He will fulfill His promises to me.    

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