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Our Journey – Week 15

This week we journey through the book of Ruth
and begin our journey through the book of
1 Samuel!

Come join Our Journeyus to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him! 

Week 15

April 7 Ruth  
April 8 1 Samuel 1-3  
April 9 1 Samuel 4-8  
April 10 1 Samuel 9-12  
April 11 1 Samuel 13-15  
April 12 1 Samuel 16-18  
April 13 Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up


This book of the Bible shares the love Ruth had for Naomi. She was given the opportunity to return to her own family after the death of her husband, but she choose to stay with Naomi and follow her whereever she went! Can you say you’d do this for your mother-in-law?

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people and your God my God.
Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.
May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severly,
if anything but death separates you and me.”
RUTH 1:16-17

Matthew Henry’s Commentary shares:

Commentary on Ruth 1:6-14

(Read Ruth 1:6-14)
Naomi seems to have been a person of faith and piety. She dismissed her daughters-in-law with prayer. It is very proper for friends, when they part, to part with them thus part in love. Did Naomi do well, to discourage her daughters from going with her, when she might save them from the idolatry of Moab, and bring them to the faith and worship of the God of Israel? Naomi, no doubt, desired to do that; but if they went with her, she would not have them to go upon her account. Those that take upon them a profession of religion only to oblige their friends, or for the sake of company, will be converts of small value. If they did come with her, she would have them make it their deliberate choice, and sit down first and count the cost, as it concerns those to do who make a profession of religion. And more desire “rest in the house of a husband,” or some wordly settlement or earthly satisfaction, than the rest to which Christ invites our souls; therefore when tried they will depart from Christ, though perhaps with some sorrow.

Commentary on Ruth 1:15-18

(Read Ruth 1:15-18)
See Ruth’s resolution, and her good affection to Naomi. Orpah was loth to part from her; yet she did not love her well enough to leave Moab for her sake. Thus, many have a value and affection for Christ, yet come short of salvation by him, because they will not forsake other things for him. They love him, yet leave him, because they do not love him enough, but love other things better. Ruth is an example of the grace of God, inclining the soul to choose the better part. Naomi could desire no more than the solemn declaration Ruth made. See the power of resolution; it silences temptation. Those that go in religious ways without a stedfast mind, stand like a door half open, which invites a thief; but resolution shuts and bolts the door, resists the devil and forces him to flee.

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We need to make sure that we’re not idolizing anything … make sure that we are not allowing anything to take us away from God.

In Chapter 4 of Ruth it is shared that Ruth married Boaz and they had a son, whom they named Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, the father of David… the family which the Savior would be born!

1 Samuel 

This book of the Bible begins with the background and birth of Samuel. Samuel means heard of God. Samuel is raised by Eli and was very different from Eli’s sons. Samuel becomes one of Isreal’s greatest prophets.

In Chapter 4 the ark of God was captured by the Philistines… when Eli learns of this (and just before of his two sons death) he fell backward off his chair, Eli’s neck was broken and he died. The note from the Life Application NIV Study Bible shares of v.18: Eli was Israel’s judge and high priest. His death marked the end of the dark period of the judges when most of the nation ignored God. Although Samuel was also a judge, his career saw the transition from Israel’s rule by judges to the nation’s monarchy. He began the great revival that Israel would experience for the next century. The Bible does not say who became the next high priest (Samuel was not eligible because he was not a direct descendant of Aaron), but Samuel acted as high priest at this time by offering the important sacrifices throughout Israel.

The Philistines kept moving the ark of God:
     –  Ebenezer to Ashdod (5:1)
     –  Ashdod to Gath (5:8)
     –  Gath to Ekron (5:10)
     “let it go back to it’s own place, or it will kill us and our people.” (5:11)
     –  Sent with a guilt offering after having it seven months (6:1) toward Beth Shemesh (6:9)
     –  To Kiriath Jearim (6:21)

Samuel anointed Isreal’s first kings: Saul and David. Unfortunately Saul disobeys God, going his own way, and is rejected as king.

Chapter 12 shares Samuel’s farewell speech where he revisits the Isrealites wants and ways. Focusing on v. 9-11 the Isrealites sinned again, turning away from God as they had previously. Samuel shares that after the Isrealites saw the Nahash king of the Ammonites moving against them, they wanted a human king of their own to lead them. They did not maintain the faith that God would be their leader. Even though Samuel was against it, he instructs them and their king (v. 14-15) If you fear the LORD and serve and obey Him and do not rebel against His commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the LORD your God – good! But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against His commands, His hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers. And once again, after turning away through Saul’s guidance, God rescues them again! Samuel instructs them to “serve the LORD with all your heart” v. 20.


The Problems with Having a King

Problems (warned by Samuel)



Drafting young men into the army

8:11, 12

14:52 – “Whenever Saul saw a mighty or brave man, he took him into his service.

Having the young men “run in front of his [the king’s] chariots”


2 Samuel 15:1 – “Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.”

Making slave laborers

8:12, 17

2 Chronicles 2:17, 18 – Solomon assigned laborers to build the temple.

Taking the best of your fields and vineyards


1 Kings 21:5-16 – Jezebel stole Naboth’s vineyard.

Using your property for his personal gain


1 Kings 9:10-14 – Solomon gave away 20 towns to Hiram of Tyre.

Demanding a tenth of your harvest and flocks

8:15, 17

1 Kings 12:1-16 – Rehoboam was going to demand heavier taxation than Solomon.

Information from Life Application NIV Study Bible

The Isrealites were instructed in 15:3 to attack and destroy everything of the Amalekites, but they disobeyed again sparing Agag, the king of the Amalekites, and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs – everything that was good. When they returned to Samuel, he asked them why did they not obey the LORD? Why did they pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD? Saul replied that he brought back the best of what was devoted to God in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal (v.20-21).

But Samuel replied:

“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
he has rejected you asking.”

1 Samuel 15:22, 23

What does it mean to you, “To obey is better than sacrifice”? How can you apply this to your life today?

We need to discern the LORD’s instructions to us.
It is better for us to obey than to repeatedly have to come to Him for forgiveness.

In Chapter 16 Samuel annoints David as Isreal’s next king while Saul is still on the throne. David is highly successful in everything he does as God is with him and helps him through everything! DavidAndGoliath 


 David continuously sought the LORD’s counsil as he went forth in his journey; and fought the battles in the name of the LORD Almighty; as shown in 17:45-47 – “… I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, … This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. … for the battle is the LORD’s, …” Through David’s faith he successfully battled the Philistines!


Join me next week as we continue our journey through 1 Samuel… and see how much more we can learn from David and others.

Have a blessed week, HL


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