As a church, we are looking at the book of 1 Samuel together on Sunday mornings. We are preaching line by line, story by story through this Old Testament book. Many people know some stories from the book of 1 Samuel; Samuel being called by God in the night, Saul chosen as Israel’s 1st king, and of course David and Goliath. However, the book of Samuel is not about Samuel, Saul, or even David. It’s about God. It’s about God’s Reign throughout all history. It’s about God setting up His Kingdom with His King through His ways.
Unfortunately the people of Israel had no earthly king so they did what was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). They rejected God from being king over them and demanded an earthly king like all the other nations (1 Samuel 8:5, 7). This did not turn out like they thought, but God had a plan. God sent David to be king over Israel and promised that there would be an eternal king who would come from David’s family to establish God’s kingdom forever (2 Samuel 8:12-13). This king was Jesus who was born in the line of David. He did not set up an earthly kingdom, but an eternal spiritual kingdom. Unfortunately, we fall into the same trap the Israelites fell into. We act as if we have no king and do what is right in our own eyes, even though the King of Kings has made a way for us to enter his kingdom.
What about you? Who is your king? Whose kingdom are you living for? Whose way are you following? There really is only one king worth following. Will you let him Reign?
Bible Reading Plan
This Fall, we will be reading through the encompassing narrative of the time of the kings recorded in 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. As various kings turned away from the Lord, He called several prophets to speak His truth to the nations and leaders of the time. We will read about many of these prophets as they appear chronologically. We will also read about our ultimate King, Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Gospel of John, John’s letters, and Revelation.
As we continue through the book of 1 Samuel this Spring, we will be reading the book of Isaiah. His prophecies remind us of our true King, Jesus Christ, and point God’s people to anticipate His coming. We’ll also read the kingly writings found in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Finally, our reading plan will take us through the Gospel of Matthew, whose perspective highlights Jesus as the promised Messiah, the King from prophecy, the Savior. We hope you will take advantage of this resource and join us in reading God’s word!