Sermons on 1 Samuel

Sermons on 1 Samuel

1 Samuel 18:17-30

In 1 Samuel 18:17-30 Saul attempts to persecute David subtly through his daughters. Like Laban with Jacob, he refuses to honor his promise to give David his daughter in marriage. Ultimately, however, God uses these subtle attempts to persecute David to exalt him further. We learn that God is always able to overturn persecution and to use it to advance His kingdom.

1 Samuel 18:1-16

In 1 Samuel 18:1-16, there are two very different responses to David. On the one hand Jonathan’s soul is knit to David’s in love. On the other, Saul greatly opposes him. Though Jonathan and Saul are from the same family and have so much in common, there is a more fundamental reality that divides them. Jonathan is part of the seed of the woman and naturally loves those who fear God. Saul, on the other hand, is part of the…

1 Samuel 17:1-58 (Part 3)

1 Samuel 17:1-58 tells the well-known story of David and Goliath. David’s defeat of Goliath is meant to be a type of Christ. David’s defeat of Goliath indicates that Christ is the giant-defeating, dragon-slaying King whose victory means victory for all of God’s people over the devil.

1 Samuel 17:1-58 (Part 2)

1 Samuel 17:1-58 tells the well-known story of David and Goliath. It is important to remember that David’s life is meant to be understood as a prophecy of Christ. David is a type of Christ, and therefore, his victory over Goliath is meant to be understood as a prophecy of how Christ will defeat the devil. What we understand about Christ from this text is that He is the true King after God’s own heart, who defeats the enemy as…

1 Samuel 17:1-58 (Part 1)

1 Samuel 17:1-58 tells the well-known story of David and Goliath. David’s courageous faith is an example to us in today’s world. In the face of great opposition, David trusts in God and enters the battle with Goliath with the confidence that God is with him. Today, as the church is opposed more and more, there is a great need for such courageous faith.

1 Samuel 16:14-23

In 1 Samuel 16:14-23 Saul receives an evil spirit, which torments him. This spirit comes upon him after the Holy Spirit leaves him. The result is that Saul’s servants suggest bringing David into the royal court to play for Saul. God thus shows His inscrutable providence in using evil spirits and the seemingly random wills of men to accomplish His purposes.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

In 1 Samuel 16:1-13 we are introduced to David, the man after God’s own heart. Unlike Saul, the King like all the other nations, David is the smallest in his family. There is nothing outward back by which it would be obvious that he should be king. This, however, is not a criteria for kingship for God, for man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. This anointing of David foreshadows and is a prophecy of…

1 Samuel 15:1-35 (Part 2)

In 1 Samuel 15:11 we learn that God regretted making Saul king; however, in verse 29 we read that God is not a man that He should have any regrets. How are we to understand these two statements? It is from passages like this that we see that God is not like us. His nature is not like ours. Though God may be said to “repent” or “regret”, this is merely creaturely language being applied to an infinite, eternal, and…

1 Samuel 15:1-35 (Part 1)

In 1 Samuel 15:1-35 Samuel commands Saul to destroy the Amalekites. Saul destroys them, mostly. When confronted by Samuel he argues that his disobedience was really done to serve the Lord, since the things not destroyed were to be offered to God. Samuel then gives one of the great fundamental principles of service to God: Obedience is better than sacrifice. Attempting to do things for God that He has not commanded, that is making sacrifices for God in an attempt…

1 Samuel 14:24-52

In 1 Samuel 14:24-52 Saul, like Jephthah before him, makes a rash oath. God’s people must be careful about the kind of oaths they take. In today’s world oaths and vows are treated as things that are insignificant, things that can be broken on a whim. The Scriptures, however, teach that you must uphold every lawful oath and that every unlawful oath is sin.

1 Samuel 13:16-14:23

In 1 Samuel 13:16-14:23 God gives deliverance to His people through Jonathan. Jonathan believed in God, and his trust is seen in the fact that he states God can save by many or by few. It is such faith that is needed today.

1 Samuel 13:1-15

In 1 Samuel 13:1-15 Saul’s reign begins to unravel. He fights against the Philistines and appears to have some success, but once things appear dire, he disobeys God causing Samuel to tell him that he will lose the Kingdom. True service to God, even when things are difficult, entails obedience.