Category Archives: #tbs1sam

#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 20

1 Samuel 20:16 says, “So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David”. Wait, “the house of David”? At this point, we are not told of any descendants, and David is not king. Does Jonathan know about the anointing? … Continue reading

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#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 18 & 19

Saul’s son Jonathan is one in spirit with David… what does that mean? They see eye to eye? Why would Jonathan see eye to eye with his father’s rival? Given the events of chapter 14, perhaps Jonathan is not a … Continue reading

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#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 16 & 17

Yesterday got so chaotic I missed reflecting on 1 Samuel 16 (a very important chapter), so again today you get a 2 for 1 deal, with 16 and 17 (another HUGE chapter in 1 Samuel). Samuel is called to go … Continue reading

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#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 15

Samuel’s directions to Saul have not always followed prophetic model, until chapter 15. Now, Samuel brings a “Thus says YHWH” proclamation. Now, there is no doubt what Saul is supposed to do.  And now, it’s payback for the Amalekites- total annihilation … Continue reading

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#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 14

Chapter 14 starts with Saul’s son Jonathan acting on his own without his father’s consent. In  chapter 13 we saw Saul’s army walking away, discouraged, in spite of Saul’s monumental victory at Jabesh-Gilead. In less than a week, Saul has … Continue reading

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#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 12 & 13

Understanding chapter 12 is tough because it isn’t clear what genre we’re looking at here. Is it a farewell speech like Genesis 49? Or a covenant renewal/commitment moment like Deuteronomy 29 or Joshua 24 or Ezra/Nehemiah? Or dedication of the … Continue reading

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#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 11

1 samuel 11 is a weird one from a manuscript standpoint. What’s up with this eye gouging clause from Nahash? Odd negotiation tactic. Well, the Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript of 1 Samuel reads, Now Nahash king of the Ammonites oppressed … Continue reading

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