Week 23: February 15-20
I Samuel 2-8
GodSpeak readings for each day are listed below. Click the link to read the section and/or listen online. A discussion question is listed below for you to use in your GodSpeak group session or for discussion with others who are reading along.
Monday, Feb 15 I Samuel 2 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
1. Hannah’s song reminds us of the song of Mary (Luke 1:46–55). Comment on the portion of the song recorded in 1 Samuel 2:6–9 as you reflect on your new life in Christ Jesus.
Tuesday, Feb 16 I Samuel 3 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
2. “The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and He let none of His words fall to the ground” (1 Samuel 3:19). Why might God’s people today also pray that the same might be said of our words? See also James 3:3–12.
Wednesday, Feb 17 I Samuel 4 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
3. The conclusion of 1 Samuel 4 (verse 22) records the dying words of Eli’s daughter-in-law who said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” What was the glory of Israel? Was it the ark of the covenant or was there some other source? What similar examples of misplaced focus might capture the attention of contemporary believers?
Thursday, Feb 18 I Samuel 5-6 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
4. After the capture of the ark of the covenant, “The LORD’s hand was heavy” upon the Philistines (1 Samuel 5:6). God’s Law brings judgment and condemnation upon those without faith. What distinction must we keep in mind in order to understand the Bible? See John 1:17.
Friday, Feb 19 I Samuel 7 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
5. After God gave His people victory over the Philistines, Samuel set up a stone as monument. He named the stone Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far has the LORD helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12). How has God helped each baptized believer “thus far”? See Romans 6:4.
Saturday, Feb 20 I Samuel 8 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
6. What was implicit in God’s words to Samuel, “it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their king” (1 Samuel 8:7). See also verse 5.
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