Bible Stories for Adults

Israel's First King

1 Samuel 4-11

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - God Chooses David (1 Samuel 13, 15-17)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21

Opening Prayer

The Lost Ark (1 Samuel 4-6)
    What major loss did Israel experience at Ebenezer?
      1 Samuel 4:10-11
    What happened when the Philistines put the ark beside their god Dagon in Ashdod?
      1 Samuel 5:4, 6
    What did the Philistines do after the ark also caused tumors in Gath and Ekron?
      1 Samuel 6:8
    How did the Israelites in Beth Shemesh respond to the return of the ark?
      1 Samuel 6:14
    Why did the men of Beth Shemesh send the ark to Kiriath Jearim?
      1 Samuel 6:19-21

Samuel the Judge (1 Samuel 7)
    What did Samuel tell the people to do to be delivered from the Philistines?
      1 Samuel 7:2-4
    How did God then deliver His people?
      1 Samuel 7:5, 10
    Did Israel have peace under Samuel as they had under other judges?
      1 Samuel 7:13-14
    How long did Samuel serve as judge and from where?
      1 Samuel 7:15-17

Who Picks the Judge? (1 Samuel 8:1-3)
    How did Samuel try to continue his leadership even beyond death?
      1 Samuel 8:1
    How had judges been appointed for Israel?
      Judges 2:16
    What had been the opinion about rulers during the time of the judges?
      Judges 8:22-23
    What happened when one of Gideon's sons set himself up as king?
      Judges 9:22-23 (1-57)
    What kind of judges were Samuel's sons?
      1 Samuel 8:3

Israel Asks for a King (1 Samuel 8:4-20)
    What did Israel ask of Samuel?
      1 Samuel 8:4-5
    How did Samuel respond to the thought that his sons weren't fit as judges?
      1 Samuel 8:6
    How did God respond to Samuel's feelings of rejection?
      1 Samuel 8:7-9

    How did Samuel try to change the people's minds about wanting a king?
      1 Samuel 8:10-18
    Why did Israel really want a king?
      1 Samuel 8:19-20

God's View of a King (1 Samuel 8:21-22)
    Did God oppose appointing a king?
      1 Samuel 8:21-22
    Is God against government?
      Romans 13:1-7
    As a Roman citizen, Paul might be more accepting of Roman rule. What did Peter say?
      1 Peter 2:13-14
    So how should we respond when we disagree with those in authority?
      1 Timothy 2:1-3

A King Who Can't Find His Donkeys (1 Samuel 9)
    What do we first learn about Saul?
      1 Samuel 9:1-2
    Why did Saul go wandering through Ephraim and Benjamin?
      1 Samuel 9:3-4

    What idea of last hope did Saul's servant suggest?
      1 Samuel 9:6
    Did Saul agree with this idea? Who was the man of God?
      1 Samuel 9:10, 14

    How was Saul unknowingly fulfilling a prophesy to Samuel?
      1 Samuel 9:15-17
    How did Samuel answer Saul's questions even before they were asked?
      1 Samuel 9:18-20
    How did Saul respond to the idea that he was chosen for something special?
      1 Samuel 9:21

Signs For the Anointed (1 Samuel 10:1-16)
    How many people were present when Samuel anointed Saul as king the next day?
      1 Samuel 9:27-10:1
    How would Saul know that he really was the Lord's anointed leader?
      1 Samuel 10:2
      1 Samuel 10:3-4
      1 Samuel 10:5-7
    Did these signs occur?
      1 Samuel 10:9-10
    What did those who knew Saul think when they saw him with the prophets?
      1 Samuel 10:11
    Did Saul tell others what had happened?
      1 Samuel 10:14-16

Saul Made King (1 Samuel 10:17-23)
    Why did Samuel gather the people of Israel at Mizpah?
      1 Samuel 10:17-19
    How did Samuel show that this king was chosen by God?
      1 Samuel 10:20-21
    How eager was Saul to be presented as the first king of Israel?
      1 Samuel 10:22-23

Inadequate Leaders (2 Corinthians 12:9)
    Was this feeling of inadequacy rare for those chosen by God?
      Exodus 3:11 (13; 4:1, 10, 13)
      Judges 6:15 (17, 36-40)
      Jeremiah 1:6
      Luke 5:8
      Ephesians 3:8
    How were these inadequate men able to become great leaders of God's people?
      Exodus 4:11-12
    What should we remember when we feel inadequate to share our faith with others?
      1 Corinthians 2:13
    What should we remember when we feel inadequate to do the work God has for us?
      2 Corinthians 12:9

Response to the King (1 Samuel 10:24-27)
    Did the people accept their new king?
      1 Samuel 10:24, 27
    What did Saul do after this momentous historic event?
      1 Samuel 10:25-26

Saul Begins to Act Like a King (1 Samuel 11:1-8)
    What provided the occasion for Saul to begin acting as king?
      1 Samuel 11:1-3
    How did Saul learn of this attack?
      1 Samuel 11:4-5
    How did Saul react to this news?
      1 Samuel 11:6-8

Saul Confirmed as King (1 Samuel 11:11-15)
    What did Saul do with the army God brought to him?
      1 Samuel 11:11
    Now that Saul had proven his leadership, how did he handle those who had opposed him?
      1 Samuel 11:12-13
    How did Israel celebrate their victory?
      1 Samuel 11:14-15
    How old was Saul when he became king?
      1 Samuel 13:1

Closing Prayer

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