Week 10 - Standing Tall, Falling Hard
1 Samuel 1:7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. (NIV)
I Samuel 1:11 As she was praying…begging God for a child this is what happened. “And she made a vow, saying, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servants 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.” (NIV)
I Samuel 7:3-4 And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hands of the Philistines.” So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreth’s, and served the Lord only. (NIV)
I Samuel 9:1-2 There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zer-or, the son of Becor-ath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamine. He had a son named Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites - a head taller than any of the others.
I Samuel 15:35 Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord was grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel.
Warren Wiersbe says, “King Saul began to live on substitutes.”