When I went through school I was always the little guy. In my grade 8 boys graduation photo there’s a crowd of man-sized creatures and one smurf. I was the smurf. I also had a big mouth, which makes for a bad combination. Big mouth and small body; I was a magnet for bullies. Kind of like a seal for a Great White shark. I spent much of my grade school days dreaming about justice – what it would be like for the Neanderthals in my class to get pay back for punching me in the head and ripping my shirt. I imagined them getting the exact treatment I had received. In today’s story God brings justice and Phew! He does not go soft on bullies.
Study Questions: 1 Samuel 15
- Tell the story of a time when you were bullied. How did that turn out in the end?
- God commands that every Amalekite man, woman and child be put to the sword. Explain how that makes sense.
- Saul didn’t do all that God commanded. Why not?
- God didn’t kill Saul for his disobedience but God did take away Saul’s role as king. Explain how this is a form of God’s discipline for His children.
- What has God clearly commanded you to do? Are you doing it wholeheartedly?
- This week is Easter week, the account of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. How does Easter help us makes sense of 1 Samuel 15?