Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursday Bible Class/Luncheon ~

Study Guide for 1 Samuel

Lesson one: God’s Vision for His People

Think for a moment about the transformations that have happened in your life. When you graduated High school or college and went on to work. When you got married and had children. Maybe when you changed jobs or moved to a new city or state. Remember what it was like to attend a new church setting. Maybe even if you lost a loved one. How did you weather that transition? From where did you gather your strength and courage to meet the challenge? Who gave you the encouragement to move on?

Israel is in a period of transition in 1 and 2 Samuel, moving from a confederacy of tribes to a central government. They no longer will be shepherded by prophets and priests but by Kings and royal families. New social/economic levels will come into play and power will be handed over to the central government. In 1 Samuel we will see the transitioning of the role of prophets and the rise of a king. In 2 Samuel we will see David transition from warrior to king. He will now not only lead but will have to learn to govern. How will they weather the transition? From where will they seek guidance, strength, and courage?

Likewise, we are in an ever transitional stage on the life of this congregation. We have a new mission statement, recent appointments of elders and staff. We face a changing culture in our community and the challenges are far more serious. How will we weather the transition? From where will we get the guidance, strength, and courage to meet the challenges? The principles we find in 1 and 2 Samuel are ever important to us today as we move on in our service to God and community.

Texts for this week’s lesson are Jeremiah 32:36-41 (God’s Vision) and Duet 17:14-20 (laws for Kings).

Read through both texts each day and note what verses reach out to you and why?

In Jeremiah 32

  • What does it mean to be God’s people and that He is our God?
  • How would you define the fear of God in your understanding and how does it play out in your life?
  • How does this passage compare with Ephesians 2:11-21?
  • Do you really believe that God loves us with all his heart and soul?

In Deuteronomy 17

  • Did God foresee the people’s desire for a king?
  • What guidance does he give to them?
  • How does this passage describe the “fear of the Lord”?
  • What do you think it might imply that “the Lord is God”?
  • What might we think it implies that Jesus is Lord?