Ouxano 63: 1 Samuel part 10 – God, Give Us What We Want!

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 8, we transition to the Israeli people’s request for a human king:As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice. Now, remember that we discussed this subtheme throughout Samuel of father/son relationships and leadership.  Several examples are given, including this one … [Read more...]

Ouxano 62: 1 Samuel part 9 – The Philistines Return the Ark

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[display_podcast] 1 Samuel 7:1-2So the men of Kiriath-jearim came to get the Ark of the Lord. They took it to the hillside home of Abinadab and ordained Eleazar, his son, to be in charge of it. 2 The Ark remained in Kiriath-jearim for a long time—twenty years in all. During that time all Israel mourned because it seemed the Lord had abandoned them. This process of Israel mourning began all the way back in chapter four, when they were relying on gimmicks and trickery to win a battle “in the … [Read more...]

Ouxano 59: 1 Samuel part 6 – Parenting Tips from Eli

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 3, we find little Samuel hearing from God while sleeping in the Tabernacle:2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. 4 Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!”“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did.6 Then the Lord  … [Read more...]

Ouxano 57: 1 Samuel, Chapter 2b

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[display_podcast]Today, we’ll look at the second half of 1 Samuel chapter 2 and its applications to life today.  Right off the bat, we see that young Samuel has been placed under the care of Israel’s priest Eli.  Now, Eli already has a couple of sons, so why is Samuel allowed adoption into Eli’s family?We see the answer to this question in 1 Samuel 2:11-12 11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.12 Now the sons of … [Read more...]

Ouxano 56: 1 Samuel, Chapter 2

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[display_podcast]One of the first things you’ll notice when you turn to the second chapter of 1 Samuel is that the first half of the chapter is laid out like a poem and the second looks like a prose or narrative.  This is intentional because the first half is, in fact, a poem; and the second half of the chapter continues the story of Samuel.The first ten verses of 1 Samuel 2 is a song of praise by Hannah, Samuel’s mother.  Now, that strikes me as odd. She has just given up her son to live … [Read more...]

Ouxano 54: 1 Samuel, part 1

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[display_podcast]This is part one of a series where we will take a look at several of the themes found throughout the book of 1 Samuel.  But, before we tackle a verse-by-verse run though of the text, we’ll take a look at the background context and other issues that can help us understand some of the larger themes of the Old Testament.In the Hebrew Bible,  First and Second Samuel are combined into one book (Our Christian forefathers separated them due to the original book’s length).  Along … [Read more...]


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