A series in Judges: Samuel

A series in Judges: Samuel

The last few chapters of the book of Judges cover the rampant and wild sin that the Israelites and their following neighbors take part in. They allow horrendous act like mutilation, rape and adultery. These are all evidence of what a nation devoid of the Lord and his guidance end up as. 

The last judge to wrap up our series will be Samuel, the son of Hannah and Elkanah. Although not mentioned in the book of Judges, he is referenced multiple times in 1 Samuel as a judge over the people. There is uncertainty regarding the timeline of both books, but the story of Samuel is recorded in 1 Samuel rather than in Judges. 

Samuel watched the termination of the era of the judges and the birth of kingships over the people of Israel. 

Samuel’s story begins in 1 Samuel as his mother, Hannah, is unable to have children. Desperately desiring a child, Hannah makes a promise to the Lord recorded in 1 Samuel 1:11: “‘Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.’”

The Lord blesses Hannah with a son named Samuel, and as soon as he is weaned, she takes him to the temple to dedicate his life to the Lord. 

As he grows and matures in the knowledge of the Lord, Samuel begins to adopt more than one role. Yes, he is a judging deliverer over the people, but he is also a prophet and a priest. 

As a prophet, Samuel receives revelation from God to communicate to the Israelites. As a priest, Samuel stands in the place of the people before God as he performs sacrifices on their behalf. Rather than being a military judge and deliverer, Samuel leans toward being a spiritual deliverer as he relays God’s messages to the people.

One of his greatest leadership feats is outlined as he is used by the Lord to find the person fit to be the first king of Israel. Later when Saul, the first king, ends up ruining his kingship, Samuel is the man charged with confronting Saul about his shortcomings as king. 

Samuel is widely considered successful in each role he is placed in. While being the spokesperson for the Lord and standing in place of the people, the nation of Israel thrives economically and spiritually while they listen to Samuel’s guidance. 

Samuel’s life is evidence of how the Lord can use a life fully devoted to the Lord and to his service. When Hannah prayed for a child and promised to give it back to the Lord, she had no idea the faithfulness that the Lord would bestow upon their family and the blessings that they would be on generations to come.

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  • Audrey Johnson

    Audrey is a sophomore majoring in elementary education. She is the religion section editor and a co-host of Tower Radio's podcast 'our high tops, His steps'.

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