Resurgence roundup, 5/24/13
Fri May 24, 2013
The places grace empowers us
Thu May 23, 2013
by Justin Holcomb
‘Each next risk is the biggest one’: James MacDonald talks with Mark Driscoll
Wed May 22, 2013
by Mark Driscoll
Tue May 21, 2013
by Amanda Edmondson
From prison to ReTrain: Russell’s story
Mon May 20, 2013
1 & 2 Samuel
Author and Dates
Samuel records events that took place sometime between 1100 B.C. and 970 B.C. The final form of the book did not take shape until after Solomon’s reign (940 B.C.) and could have undergone revision as late as the exile (586 B.C.).
To teach Israel that they should hope in the Davidic line, despite the trouble caused by David’s shortcomings. To instruct the readers to trust in God’s anointed leaders, despite apparent shortcomings, as they develop their own heart for God.
- The role of Samuel: Foundation of the Kingdom (1 Sam. 1–7)
- The Failures of Saul’s Kingdom (1 Sam. 8–15)
- David’s kingdom (1 Sam. 16–2 Sam. 20)
- David’s ascent to the throne (1 Sam. 17–2 Sam. 4)
- David’s kingship and its glory and accomplishments (2 Sam. 5–9)
- David’s kingship and its weakness and failure (2 Sam. 10–20)
4. Future of the Kingdom (2 Sam 21–24)
- Final reflections on David’s reign.
Samuel, Saul, David, Jonathon, Bathsheba, Joab, Absalom, and Nathan
The book of Samuel tells the story of Israel’s transition from judges’ rule to kingship. Samuel, the great prophet, plays a key role as God’s messenger and leader. Samuel anoints Saul as the first king of Israel, but his life is characterized by fear and failure. The need for a king “after God’s own heart” becomes apparent and is eventually satisfied by David.
The book provides the most comprehensive account of David’s life, both his victories and struggles, politically as well as personally. David’s trust and reliance upon God define his rise to the throne. However, his sin complicates his reign as difficulties are experienced in his relationships that threaten to undo him. The book calls for a complete trust in David as well as his royal line, a call that comes directly from God as he promised to deliver his people through such a figure. But it also warns of the conflict, pain, and loss that follows sin and disobedience.
The book of Samuel takes God’s story into the monarchy, especially by means of the story of King David, a man of faith even while a man of weakness. God’s covenant with David is fulfilled finally in the ultimate Son of David, Jesus of Nazareth.
- Kingship: God’s people are to be led by a king.
- Loyalty: God’s people should trust the Davidic line.
- Retribution: Blessings and curses come for acts of obedience and disobedience.
- God’s Presence: God dwells among his people – on the Ark of the Covenant, in Jerusalem, and with his people.