Resources from 1 Samuel

Samuel and the Young man Saul

THIS was Samuel’s third interview with this goodly young man. He had spoken with him and entertained him in his parlour, giving him the place of honour ; he had afterwards spent the evening with him in quiet on the house-top, and now they were about to part he took a fresh opportunity of speaking to him. This time he spoke to him with great closeness of personal application, sending...

1 Samuel 9:27

A Woman of a Sorrowful Spirit

THE special cause of Hannah’s sorrow arose from the institution of polygamy, which, although it was tolerated under the old law, is always exhibited to us in practical action as a most fruitful source of sorrow and sin. In no one recorded instance in Holy Scripture is it set forth as admirable; and in most cases the proofs of its evil effects lie open to the sun. Lamech leads the...

1 Samuel 1:15

The Empty Place: A Christmas Day Sermon

THERE may be much to learn from an empty place. The world thinks much of the places which have been emptied through the home-going of its celebrated men. Those who have served the world are remembered by it; those who have served the Church are remembered, too; and empty chairs in the world, in the Church, and in the family, awaken a great many recollections.

1 Samuel 20:25

The Child Samuel's Prayer

IN the days of Eli the word of the Lord was precious, and there was no open vision. It was well when the word did come, that one chosen individual had the hearing ear to receive it, and the obedient heart to perform it. Eli failed to tutor his sons to be the willing servants and the attentive hearers of the Lord's word. In this he was without the excuse...

1 Samuel 3:9

The Empty Seat

IT was quite right that David’s place should be empty, because Saul sought to slay him, and he could not safely sit in the presence of an enemy who had twice before cast a javelin at him to “smite him even to the wall with it.” Self-preservation is a law of nature which we are bound to obey; no man should needlessly expose himself to sudden death. It were well...

1 Samuel 20:27

Obedience Better than Sacrifice

SAUL had been commanded to slay utterly all the Amalekites and their cattle. Instead of doing so, he preserved the king, and suffered his people to take the best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called to account for this, he declared that he did it with a view of offering sacrifice to God; but Samuel met him at once with the assurance that such sacrifices were no...

1 Samuel 15:22

Dagon's Ups and Downs

Oct 29 THE ark of the Lord was captured by the Philistines though it was guarded by all the men of arms that Israel could muster for the battle. It came to no hurt when it was surrounded by unarmed priests: although the times were exceedingly disturbed and perilous all through the dreary period of the Judges, yet never was the ark a captive till it was protected by the carnal weapon....

1 Samuel 5:2-4

The Statute of David for the Sharing of the Spoil

Jun 7 THOSE who associate themselves with a leader must share his fortunes. Six hundred men had quitted their abodes in Judæa; unable to endure the tyranny of Saul they had linked themselves with David, and made him to be a captain over them. They were, some of them, the best of men, and some of them were the worst: in this, resembling our congregations. Some of them were choice spirits, whom...

1 Samuel 30:21-25

Is God in the Camp?

Apr 9 ISRAEL was out of gear with God. The people had forgotten the Most High, and had gone aside to the worship of Baal. They had neglected the things of God; therefore they were given up to their enemies. When Jehovah had brought them out of Egypt, he instructed them how they were to live in the land to which he would bring them, and warned them that if they forsook...

1 Samuel 4:7

Three Decisive Steps

Mar 8 Two enemies held Israel in subjection. The Philistines had fought against them, and defeated them, even though they sent to Shiloh, and brought the ark of the covenant, the symbol of Jehovah’s presence, into their camp. The Lord was not with them, so they were smitten with a great slaughter. The crowning disaster of the day was; “the ark of God was taken.” The Philistines carried it away to Ashdod,...

1 Samuel 7:2-5