1 Samuel

Introduction to 1 Samuel

In reading biblical historical narratives many readers may be ignorant of the fact that always the protagonist (or main Actor) in them is God, not the human characters so prominently featured in their pages. Always remember that the Scriptures represent not just the one authoritative written revelation from God, but the Bible also represents the written revelation of God. From beginning to end its contents are all about God, about His glory and His redemptive work.

What we see in 1 Samuel is part of that larger picture. The human actors, the good, the bad and the ugly, are in one way or another, those who by faith and righteousness or in their unbelief or wickedness, play their roles in His grand scheme of things. As we observe the movements of biblical history and those who are involved in it, we learn directly and indirectly more about our sovereign God, more about His ways and His will as well as more about ourselves as human beings, our trials, our triumphs and our tragedies mirrored in the attitudes and actions of ancient people who at bottom were people just like us.

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