What comes next?! A good story pulls us in and makes us look forward to where we're going next. In the Bible book of 1 Samuel we start with a sad wife who is ridiculed and she becomes a grateful mother through God's goodness. What comes next is what we cover today in 1 Samuel 2.
We began season five with a focus on praying the most common type of scripture: narrative or stories. In this season we will learn to read and pray the half of the Bible filled with narrative or stories and also grasp the overall storyline of the entire Bible in the process.
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Like most good stories, we begin this podcast season "in the middle of things" by featuring 1 Samuel 1-3. By looking at the first three chapters of Samuel, we observe a few key things about stories in general as well as dive into the storyline of scripture. In later episodes we'll turn to Genesis and then to other narrative parts of the Bible.
We mentioned in episode 1 the three key parts of any story are the plot, setting and characters. Plot is the basic action sequence, setting is where it happens and characters are the main actors we pay attention to in the story. The setting of today's episode is still ancient Israel over 3,000 years ago in the town of Shiloh. The key characters are Hannah, Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas--and of course God, the hero of every Bible story! The main plot points are summarized on this episode. Beyond that, we reflect on the theme of parents and children and how that theme stretches across the books of 1-2 Samuel and really the larger narrative of Genesis 12-2 Kings.
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