Today’s reflection on the life of Samuel the prophet shows the power of the prophet and the impact their arrival had on communities. Wherever they went people turned out just to see them and to find out what they would do.
Today’s post in the story of the life of Samuel covers a strange two verses – the end of Saul’s time as God’s chosen king but not the end of his reign. It’s also one of the places in the Bible where God appears to regret something.
Today’s element of the Samuel story sees the prophet at the beginning of Israel’s shift from a theocracy to being a nation ruled by a king – it’s the moment the leaders ask to be like every other nation.
A Moment In Time is the Methodist Church’s daily online Bible Study and each week the notes are written by someone different. This week I’m doing it. You can find today’s reflections, on 1 Samuel 8:4-18, here.
The rest of this week’s readings in the Methodist Church’s A Word In Time study series are about the prophet Samuel. It’s quite a whistle-stop tour through his life and ministry but today’s begins at a crucial place – Samuel listening for God.