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Author: Ron Graham

History of IsraelTimes of Israel series

Samuel’s Adventures
—And his likeness to Moses and Joshua

Time ~ 4. Conquest of Canaan
Span ~ 170 years
Books ~ Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1Samuel
Figures ~ Joshua, Samuel
Begins with ~ Entry into promised Land across Jordan

In our study of the conquest of Canaan, we have looked at both the time of Joshua and of the twelve judges who followed him. Now we come to Samuel's story.

Samuel's story takes place near the end of the time of the conquest, and at the beginning of Israel's becoming a kingdom.

1 A Great Man of God

Israel's condition was sad when Samuel was a boy. As one woman said in her dying hour, "The glory has departed from Israel" (1Samuel 4:22).

She was referring to the fact that the ark of the LORD had been captured by the Philistines, but the statement was true generally as well.

It is said that "in those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions" (1Samuel 3:1).

But Samuel turns Israel back to God to a great degree. Idols are cast out and Israel begins to conquer again.

With Samuel judging the nation, it unites and strengthens. He prepares the nation to become a great kingdom.

Samuel ranks with the first judges, Moses and Joshua. He was a great and faithful man of God.

2 Bible Summary (1 Samuel 1-7)

3 The Main Point

As a boy, Samuel was described in the same terms as would one day describe the boy Jesus."And the boy continued to grow in stature and in favour with the LORD and with men" (1Samuel 2:26, Luke 2:52).

He became a man of justice and righteousness, and he worked hard to bring people back to God. He was dedicated to God, first by his mother, then by himself. How better to spend a life?

4 A few facts about Samuel


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