Between Judges and Kings: Israel Needed a Leader

click to viewSamuel, Saul, and David.

Three pillars of the Old Testament. But what did they do? Why are they in the Bible?

Raising a Leader

The period of Judges (about 100 years after the death of Joshua) was not working. Sin after sin the Israelites committed. God realized He had to do something else. And fast.

Enter the rise of kings for Israel. This is not something God had ever intended for the Israelites, but it was needed. The Philistines, Israel’s nemesis for centuries, was pressing in, threatening all of the tribes of Israel for territory. They boasted of chariots and a better organizational structure. What was Israel to do?

The Story of Hannah

God had a plan. Using the pain of not having a child, Hannah prays to God for a son whom she’ll dedicate to the Lord. This son is Samuel who would grow into one of the greatest leaders Israel ever had. He had three roles to play:

  1. Prophet–discerning God’s will
  2. Priest–led Israel in worship
  3. Military leader–led Israel against enemies in battle

He and God chose Israel’s first two kings.

From Hannah’s bitter pain comes great promise. Despite being made fun of and taunted for having no children, she had one of the greatest leaders of all time. She definitely got the last laugh. The Israelites followed the same path: from pain comes promise.

The Best Leaders are God’s Leaders

  • Samuel was chosen over Eli’s sons to lead Israel because he listened to God.
  • David, a poor shepherd boy, was chosen to lead Israel because he listened to God.

Samuel: A Transition between Judges and Kings

Samuel unites Israel for the first time in over a century, bringing the Israelites close to being a nation again. He anoints Israel’s first two kings and deposes one who doesn’t measure up (Saul). He delivered both good and bad news and had God’s ear. He settled disputes as a judge and prayed consistently. His life ended with not one black mark on his record, and the people loved him.

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3 thoughts on “Between Judges and Kings: Israel Needed a Leader

  1. I absolutely love your posts. They put more ‘meat on the bone’ as we say. You fill in the pieces of the lesson with history, and have a way of weaving together loose ends. I eagerly await each days release. I do my lesson questions and then read your answers and maybe there is a slightly different perspective. The maps are great. And his post with time line…super! I love history and genealogy. My mother’s line is now back…with documentation to year 1123. What I see is the thread of God’s grace woven through this long tapestry of lives lived long ago. A tapestry of improbables…babies born out of wedlock, some not so savoury characters..yet each linked to the thread. Names written in the Lambs BOOK of Life.. recorded before creation! Wow!! Then add Psalm 139:16 that our days were determined and recorded before we yet were. WOW…It was only recently while reading this Psalm that vs 16 really impacted me. We are so blessed. We have a Father that is beyond my minds ability to really fathom yet He know everything about me. WOW thank you again for your insights on the scripture. Jean Mulder

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  2. You took the words right out of my mouth! I do my lesson also, then read their answers, my answers are different, but I love reading another opinion of the scriptures. I’m having trouble finding lesson 9 answers and history of People of the Promised Land, do I donate to get the rest of the years answers?

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