Samuel: A Study In Character - "What Lies Beneath"
This week I am concluding the sermon series that we've been working on for the past several weeks: Samuel - A Study in Character. Although we've been focusing on stories from Samuel's life, we've quickly discovered that his life is closely intertwined with the lives of both Saul and David ---the first and second kings of Israel . Saul was the first choice, so to speak---but he was chosen as a result of the demands of the Hebrew people to be like all the other nations. David was God 's choice---chosen from the margins, an unlikely young man from an unremarkable family. Let's begin by diving right into the text from 1 Samuel 16:1-13: 1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The Lord