As the period of the judges ends God raises up one last judge _________________. Samuel has a triple anointing
Samuel leads Israel as judge and __________________ through a very dark time of warfare.
The war for the Ark in brief:
I. Samuel raised in ________________ house.
II. Eli’s sons ____________________ and get God’s wrath.
III. God kills Eli’s son and turns the _________________ of the Covenant over to the Philistines
IV. Twenty years pass. _____________________ gathers the people for war at _________________ and they win.
V. Samuel leads the people until he is old.
When Samuel becomes too old to lead the people they ask for a ____________________.
Samuel at first rejects this idea but God breaks in: “And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king….Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.” I Sam 8:7,9 NIV
Israel’s first king is ________________.
He loses the throne through ______________.
God chooses another King ______________________. David unites Israel.
While the story of David has many twists and turns, once David brings the country under his power God comes and makes a bargain with him. It is called the ________________________ covenant.
“And now the LORD declares that he will build a house for you–a dynasty of kings! For when you die, I will raise up one of your descendants, and I will make his kingdom strong.He is the one who will build a house–a temple–for my name. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will use other nations to punish him. But my unfailing love will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed before you. Your dynasty and your kingdom will continue for all time before me, and your throne will be secure forever.’ ” 2 Sam. 7:11-16
Promises of the bargain:
1. David’s son will be a great king who will build a __________________.
2. If David’s son sins God will __________________ him .
3. David’s dynasty will never _____________. Their will always be a member of David’s family sitting on the _______________ of Israel.
Now in your groups:
1. Read I Sam. 13:1-14. This is the story of why God rejected Saul as king. How would you have felt if you were Saul in this situation? What should Saul have done from this point on?
2.. God calls David “A man after my own heart.” That is why God chose David as king. Read the following Scriptures and describe what you think God saw in David.
I Sam 17:25-50/ I Sam 22:1,2/ I Sam 24/ Psalm 1 /Psalm 51
Question of the Week: God promised to put one of David’s descendants on his throne forever. There currently is no throne in Israel (it’s a democracy). What does that mean? Who will be the king?