Bible Reading - Week 14


Samuel, Saul, and David dominate this week’s readings. Each man plays a crucial role in Israel’s history. One, however, has a decidedly different kind of character and relationship with God than the other two, so be on the lookout for that as you read.



1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the LORD sees, for humans see what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart.”


DAY 1 1 Samuel 1-3

  • Would you give a child to the Lord as Hannah does?
  • What are the sons of Eli like? What does the Lord promise to do about them?
  • Could you have told Eli the truth about the vision the Lord gave Samuel about Eli’s sons?


DAY 2 1 Samuel 4-8

  • Why does the ark of the covenant not keep Israel from suffering defeat at the hands of the Philistines?
  • What happens to Eli’s two sons? To Eli? To Eli’s daughter-in-law? To the ark of the covenant?
  • What happens to the statue of the pagan god Dagon when the ark of God is placed in Dagon’s temple? What happens to the people of Ashdod and Gath when the ark is in their possession?
  • Did Samuel’s sons walk in his ways?
  • Why does Israel call for a king? Does Samuel believe this is a good idea? What are the rights of a king over the people?


DAY 3 1 Samuel 9-12

  • What are some of the characteristics of Saul, Israel’s first king?
  • Why do you think Saul does not tell his uncle about being anointed as king?
  • Does everyone approve of Saul being chosen as king?
  • What warning does Samuel give to the people if they disobey the Lord and rebel against his command?


DAY 4 1 Samuel 13-16

  • Look for evidence that Saul has only a shallow commitment to God and that he is impatient. What does this cost him?
  • Why does Saul almost kill his son Jonathan?
  • What does Samuel do to king Agag of Amalek?
  • What does the Lord prefer over sacrifice?
  • Why is Saul rejected as king?
  • In contrast to what people look at, what does the Lord see?
  • Who is chosen to replace Saul as king?


DAY 5 1 Samuel 17-20; Psalm 59

  • How does David defeat Goliath?
  • Why is Saul jealous of David?
  • What does David have to do to become Saul’s son-in-law?
  • Note how Saul does not honor the oath he swore not to kill David.
  • Describe the relationship between David and Jonathan.
  • Consider how Psalm 59 can help you face a challenge.


DAY 6 1 Samuel 21-24; Psalm 91

  • What horrible deed does Doeg the Edomite do to show his loyalty to Saul?
  • What does David do to show Saul that his fears of him are unfounded?  
  • Take note of how different Saul and David are. What are some of the differences?

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