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Old Testament Study – Part 8. This lesson on March 26, 2006 continues with the books 1 & 2 Samuel and covers Eli, Samuel, Saul, and David. Acts 13:14-23 is the scripture reading which is the Apostle Paul preaching in the Synagog during the period when he was appealing to the nation of Israel. This history lesson reminds them of all the highlights “The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it. And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness. And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” The lesson covers Eli, who was judge and priest but unfortunately had bad sons who was his demise. Samuel took over after Eli and ushered in the first King Saul which had two major errors in his reign 1) Saul intrudes into the priesthood which Samuel said “thou hast done foolishly” and 2) He was to kill and wipe out the Amalekites and he failed to do so and used their sheep for sacrifices. Samuel again told King Saul “to obey is better than sacrifice”. Next, David was brought in as King as a “man after God’s own heart.” He was a King with much humility.



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