READ 1 Samuel 9:2-13
What does it mean that there was not among Israel a “goodlier person” than Saul?
What sort of relationship do the people have with this seer or prophet and what insights can you gain?
READ 1 Samuel 9:14
How does the identity of who this spiritual strongman is change your opinion of him and the relationship between him and Israel?
READ 1 Samuel 10:1-12
Why did Samuel anoint Saul with oil?
What does it mean that Saul shall be “turned into another man”?
Why are those who know Saul surprised that he is “also among the prophets”?
READ 1 Samuel 10:17-24 and 1 Samuel 11:12-15
Why does Saul not want to be king?
Why do the people want those who doubted that Saul should be crowned king, put to death?
READ 1 Samuel 12:13-15, 20-25
What is the secret to the success and salvation of the people and their king?
King Saul Offends the Lord
READ 1 Samuel 13:5-14
Why did the Lord reject Saul’s family line as kings, just because he offered his own sacrifices to God?
READ 1 Samuel 15:1-3
Why would the Lord command King Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites, including women, children and animals?
READ 1 Samuel 15:8-9, 13-28
Why did Saul spare the king of the Amalakites and the best of their flocks but kill everyone else?
How is obedience better than sacrifice if the Lord also commanded His people to offer sacrifices?
Why did King Saul really allow the king and animals to be spared?
Why does Saul ask Samuel to forgive His sin?
David the Shepherd
READ 1 Samuel 16:1-7
What did Eliab look like, for Samuel the prophet to assume that he was to be the new king of Israel?
Why does the heart not manifest itself in one’s outward appearance?
What does it mean that the Lord looks upon the heart?
READ 1 Samuel 16:11-13
What was David anointed for?
READ 1 Samuel 16:14-23 (JST)
Why did the Spirit depart from Saul?
What happens when the Spirit of the Lord departs from someone?
What affect does music have on spirituality?
Is listening to David play the harp the best solution for Saul’s problem with evil spirits?
David vs. Goliath the Philistine
READ 1 Samuel 17:1-11
While Goliath was a “giant” (probably 6’9” or taller), Saul was a “head” taller than anyone else in Israel (probably 6’ tall), so why is Saul so afraid to fight Goliath?
READ 1 Samuel 17:23-26
What is the true heart of the problem that is Goliath?
READ 1 Samuel 17:32-37
How does David see the fight between Goliath and the armies of Israel?
Why does David have such faith that he can defeat Goliath?
READ 1 Samuel 17:38-40
Why did David take off Saul’s armor and only take with him his staff, sling and five stones into battle?
READ 1 Samuel 17:41-51
Who is this fight really between?
How does the way we perceive our challenges determine how we meet them?
Why did David take five stones from the river if the Lord only needed one to kill Goliath?