Category Archives : Samuel (Rayburn)


1 Samuel 9:1-27

Download sermon 1 Samuel 9:1-27 Text Comment The arguments pro and con have been made and the Lord has given his judgment: Israel will become a monarchy. The next time the nation assembles it will be to receive her new king (10:17ff.). But now, in a brilliant stroke of narrative art, the attention shifts suddenly, […]


1 Samuel 10:1-27

Download sermon 1 Samuel 10:1-27 Text Comment v.1       The anointing of Saul as the new king of Israel was a private affair and would remain so for some time thereafter (cf. v. 16: even Saul did not tell his relatives). “Leader over his inheritance” indicates that Saul’s role, and that of all subsequent Israelite kings, […]


1 Samuel 11:1-15

Download sermon I Samuel 11:1-15 Text Comment v.1       The Ammonites lived in the Transjordan, the country east of the Jordan, and represented the other military danger that Israel faced in those days.  The Ammonites to the east, the Philistines to the west. Now, it is very interesting that the copy of Samuel that was unearthed […]


1 Samuel 12:1-25

Download sermon 1 Samuel 12:1-25 Text Comment v.2       “my sons are here with you”   Remember, it was the unworthiness of Samuel’s sons that was one of the reasons given for asking for a king.  This is perhaps Samuel’s own wistful glance at what might have been.  [Alter, Com., 65] v.3       Remember, Samuel, in 8:8-18 has […]


1 Samuel 13:1-22

Download sermon 1 Samuel 13:1-22 Text Comment The next section of Samuel extends from 13:1 to the end of chapter 15 and amounts to the account of Saul’s reign as King of Israel.  To be sure, Saul continues to be king until the end of 1 Samuel, but from the beginning of chapter 16 the […]


1 Samuel 14:1-23

Download sermon 1 Samuel 14:1-23 Text Comment 13:23   The placing of the enemy garrison so close to their territory Jonathan will regard as a provocation requiring a response. Throughout the chapter, Jonathan seems to know exactly what is going on; Saul seems to be in a fog. v.2       The pomegranate tree was probably the place […]


1 Samuel 14:24-52

Download sermon 1 Samuel 14:24-52 Text Comment What follows in these verses is a kind of odd story. But in the context as we are understanding it, its purpose is clear enough. Saul acts foolishly, creates a situation in which the true hero of the day unwittingly becomes a criminal and has to be rescued […]


1 Samuel 15:1-23

Download sermon 1 Samuel 15:1-23 Text Comment We begin tonight the last of the three chapters devoted to the account of Saul’s reign, this one, as you will see, providing the final stage in the Lord’s rejection of him as king of Israel. We have been pointing out these past Sundays that the narrative of […]


1 Samuel 15:24-35

Download sermon 1 Samuel 15:24-35 Text Comment v.24     Saul will say “I have sinned” twice in this text, again in v. 30. He will say the same thing again to David – whom he has been hunting and trying to kill – in 26:21. In no case does Saul’s confession appear to be sincere. We […]


1 Samuel 16:1-13

Download sermon 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Text Comment We now begin a new section of the Samuel history.  Saul is still the king and we will hear of him, but David steps to the fore as the hero of the account.  Saul enters the picture only as he bears on the history of David’s progress, against all […]