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1 & 2 Samuel

By Scott Brown, 2017/08/03

1 and 2 Samuel present the transition of leadership from the judges to the kings and was written during a period that spanned 931–722 B.C. At the beginning of 1 Samuel, the Philistines are ruling. They had been afflicting the people of God for 40 years according to the book of Judges. At the end of 2 Samuel, King David is on his throne. The nation has passed from being harried and harassed by the pagans to a nation with a God-fearing king on the throne. The contrast is further seen in the change of priests who are leading the worship of God. Eli is the priest at the beginning of 1 Samuel but, by the end, there are faithful priests ordering the house of God. The message throughout is that heartfelt obedience is better than heartless sacrifice.

Scott Brown

Scott T. Brown is the President of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology.  He gives his time to expository preaching and local pastoral ministry, as well as conferences on Biblical doctrine and church and family reformation. He and his wife Deborah have four grown children. Scott helps people think through the two greatest evangelistic and discipleship institutions God has provided — the church and the family.