OT Survey I. 1 Samuel. Purpose of OT Survey.
1) … no other gods before Me (v. 3)
Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, for the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the land.
They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed
2) … not make for yourself an idol (v. 4)
3) … not take the name of the LORD your God in vain (v. 7)
4) Remember the sabbath day (v. 8)
5) Honor your father and mother (v. 12)
6) You shall not murder (v. 13)
7) You shall not commit adultery (v. 14)
8) You shall not steal (v. 15)
9) You shall not bear false witness (v. 16)
10) You shall not covet … (v. 17)
2 Samuel 7:12-16
When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you ... I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.
So I will establish his descendants forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his sons forsake My law, and do not walk in My judgments, if they violate My statutes, and do not keep My commandments, then I will visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him, Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness. My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips. Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David.
Another judge? Another Samson?
Divine reversal based on godliness
Mention of a king!
Eli’s family down; Samuel up
A Battle! But, where’s the judge?
The judge leads in repentance,
not battle, but the battle is won
The lesson has been taught, but
has it been learned? The test!
Walter Brueggemann, First and Second Samuel, Interpretation (Louisville, Ky.: John Knox Press, 1990), 121.
(Bergen, 1 Samuel, NAC)