1 Samuel 29-31

Men Behaving Badly: on a single day

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 29-31 we see how suddenly God’s judgment can fall and his vindication can rise– even on a single day.

1 Samuel 27-28

Men Behaving Badly: on a single day

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 27-28 we see that even God’s anointed makes compromises while seeking refuge in Gath– leaving us just a little uneasy about David as the future king.

1 Samuel 24-26

Righteousness in the midst of Men Behaving Badly

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 24-26 we observe David’s righteousness among fools and traitors.

1 Samuel 22-23

Men Behaving Badly: Betrayal

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 22-23 we explore the motif of God’s anointed King experiencing betrayal, even while he awaits his vindication.

1 Samuel 18-21

Men Behaving Badly: Escape from Saul

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 18-21 we see God’s anointed King escape from the failed King, offering hope for the future under the King of God’s choosing.

1 Samuel 16-17

Men Behaving Badly: who is David?

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 16-17 we are introduced to the character of David. Although his time is not yet, he seems a promising candidate for a king.

This series on the book of 1 Samuel will continue next week.

1 Samuel 12-15

Men Behaving Badly: to obey is better than sacrifice

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 12-15 we see the failure of faithless pragmatism and a king who ‘uses’ God instead of serving him.

1 Samuel 8-11

Men Behaving Badly: a King like all the others

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 8-11 we hear Israel’s request for a particular kind of King.

1 Samuel 5-7

The Name of God

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. But over and above all, we see the holiness and the majesty of God. His name will not be dragged down. His reputation will only be enhanced by the way he responds to his people.

1 Samuel 1-4

Men Behaving Badly

The early years following the conquest of the Promised Land were marked by turmoil and spiritual weakness. Everyone simply did ‘what was right in their own eyes’ (Judges 17:6, 21:25), and so did not live according to what was right in God’s eyes. They did this, says the author of Judges, since they had no king– there was no military or administrative leadership, only the priesthood. Israel was a Theocracy not a Monarchy. And so, the narrative events of the book of Judges and the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences.

For the next two weeks, our Daily Devotionals will follow the book of 1 Samuel– and the lives of several men behaving badly.

1 Samuel 29-31. On a single day

The book of 1 Samuel explores Israel’s transition from Theocracy to Monarchy. This tenth and final unit in this series explores the events of one single day, where the fall of King Saul, and the rise of David, his successor, seems complete.

1 Samuel 27-28. Compromise

The book of 1 Samuel explores Israel’s transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the rise and fall of King Saul, and the rise of his successor – David. This ninth unit explores the compromises and complexities of David’s life in exile in Philistine.