1 Samuel is a history book
in the Old Testament of the Bible. This book teaches us that we must always
1 Samuel tells the story of
the first king of Israel.
For many centuries, Israel
had no kings. The people did whatever they wanted to do. But God appointed
special judges to lead the people.
The last of these special
judges was Samuel (1 Samuel 7:15). Samuel was a very holy man.
When Samuel was old, the
people asked Samuel to appoint a king (1 Samuel 8). God told Samuel to appoint
Saul. Saul sometimes obeyed God. But sometimes, Saul was evil.
So, God chose David to be
king instead of Saul (1 Samuel 16). David trusted God. We see this when David
fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). And David loved God. But David did not become
king immediately. Saul was still the king. David respected Saul. David even
refused to attack Saul. The book of 1 Samuel ends with the story of Saul's