1 Sam 9:1-15:35
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Relationship to Samuel. The relationship of 1 Samuel 9-15 to the rest of Samuel is discussed at Samuel.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in 1 Samuel 9-15 include:
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- 1 Sam 12:14: If-then. What is this verse saying? If the people are obedient, then they will continue to be obedient? Is this a blessing? A prophecy? See Jim F.'s post at the Times & Seasons blog for translation issues for this verse.
- 1 Sam 12:14: And also the king. Does "ye" include the king? If so, why is the king separately specified in the then part of this if-then clause? If not, how can we understand the obedience of the people determining the continued obedience of the king?
- 1 Sam 12:15: The hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers. See Judg 2:15. The expression "hand of the Lord" being against has also been used in Deut 2:15; 1 Sam 7:1; 12:15.
- 1 Sam 13:13-14. If we fail to act our duty in accordance with the commandments of the Lord, the Lord will find another who is willing to act their duty in accordance with the commandments of the Lord so that the Lord's purposes, not ours, will go forth.
- 1 Sam 15:3. Why does the Lord command Saul to kill all the Amalekite even making specific note to kill the infant and suckling?
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