Our reading challenge for the day is 1 Samuel 11-15. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?
1 Samuel 11 - Sometimes people wonder at the way Saul appears to be doing farm work as king. But this is typical of the rulers he has experienced. He does his work but God intervenes and redirects as needed.
1 Samuel 12 - The retelling of Samuel’s life makes me think of Stephen’s sermon before he was stoned. Talking through history and reminding people of God’s faithfulness is a typical pattern for biblical sermons.
1 Samuel 13-14 - This early kingdom period seems very much like the time of the judges. Philistine might is still a present danger. God shows he is the deliverer, it is not of human strength.
1 Samuel 15 - God rejects Saul as king when Saul does what seems good in his own eyes rather than obeying God’s commands. When we try to impose our opinion of right and wrong on God he shows us our folly.