Failing Fathers

1 Samuel 8:3–5 “Samuel’s sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice. Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel … and said, ‘Behold, you have grown old and your sons do...

Doing What Came Naturally

1 Samuel 6:5 “You shall make likenesses of your tumors and likenesses of your mice that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will ease His hand from you, your gods, and your land.” Observation: The Philistines had conquered Israel...

The Crowd Was Wrong

1 Samuel 4:5 “As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded.” Observation: This verse, taken alone, sounds pretty good. But the bigger picture is this: Israel had already been defeated in...

Receiving a Double Portion

1 Samuel 1:5 “But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb.” Observation: Though Hannah was much loved by her husband, she was barren.  Her husband’s response, because of his deep love, was not critical of...

Humble of Heart

Ruth 3:1, 4, 9 “Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, ‘My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? … It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go down and uncover his feet and lie...