1 Samuel

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1 Samuel

1 Samuel 2:8 “He lifts the poor from the dust and raises the needy from their misery. He makes them them companions of princes.and puts them in places of honor. The foundations of the earthbelong to the Lord; on them he has built the world." 1 Samuel 25:1 “Samuel died, and all the Israelites came together and mourned for him. They buried him at his home in Ramah.”

Important Verses

1 Samuel

The first book of samuel has 31 chapters, and is in the time 1010 B.C. to 970 B.C. This book has many literary forms such as myth, history, parable and drama, although i belive the main type of book is a drama.

1 Samuel 1:1 “There was a man named Elkanah, from the tribe of Ephraim, who lived in the town of ramah in the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham and grandson of Elihu, and belonged to the family of Tohu, a part of the clan of Zuph.” 1 Samuel 31:13 “Then they took the bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in town, and fasted for seven days.”

Main Theme

1 Samuel 26:1-25

Faithfulness to God

Saul and an army of 3000 men ventured into the wilderness to seek out David. As the day went on, the men grew tired and camped inside a cave, all the men sleeping around Saul. David and Abishai had found Saul and his men asleep in the cave, and Abishai told David to plunge Saul’s own spear into his head, as an act of justice. But David did not. He explained that we should not harm our enemies, because in the end, The Lord will give the enemy what they deserve. Once David and Abishai had left, David called out to King Saul’s guard, Abner, warning him to keep a better eye on his king. Saul had woke up; he had heard David’s shouting. David had pondered to Saul on why he had kept pursuing him. Saul then replied saying that he will never harm David again, that he had done wrong. They both forgave each other and went their separate ways.

Themes in the book


Vulnerability and Trust

The first book of Samuel has many themes, some including faithfulness to God, loyalty and vulnerability and trust. Faithfulness to God is a theme in this book because throughout the book we see tests where the people are tested on their faith. When they are tested we see that when they are faithful and obedient to god, good results are produced and rewarded. Loyalty is a second theme found in the book because throughout the book there are relationships, whether it is friends or spouses. In these relationships loyalty is present and plays an important factor. A final theme found in this book is vulnerability and trust, although these words have very different meanings I found they went together. Distributed throughout the book, there are times when people are vulnerable, but in these times they trust one another not to do anything while they are defenseless.

Although there are many themes in the book I believe that one stands out and is shown more than the others. That theme is consequence. This theme is shown throughout the book in both negative and positive ways. For example, when we are faithful and listen to Gods word and orders we receive positive consequences or rewards. On the other hand we we disobey God it is shown that we have negative consequences.

How Can This Story Relate to Me

I can relate this book to myself because I would never take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable state. If I were in a situation as the one in said story, I would listen to the word of the Lord and not take advantage of Saul or his men. I can also relate to this story because, I have learned to forgive and not hold a grudge as David has done.

1 Samuel 26:12 “So David took spear and water jar from right beside Saul’s head, and he and Abishai left. No one saw it or knew what had happened or even woke up- they were all sound asleep, because the Lord had sent heavy sleep upon them all”

First and Last Verses


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