Everyone likes a hero, right? Over the last decade and change, the biggest movies have been about superheroes. There have now been over 30 movies that are super high grossing regaling us with the tales of different characters with different powers. We know it’s not real but we connect with the characters. That is why we watch.
To say that they have captured our imagination and our ticket money is an
understatement. We are wired it seems to be interested in something or someone
bigger than ourselves. This is why it makes sense that we are taken the way we
This week we are going to take a look at a fairly peculiar bold move in the Bible. It’s certainly not what I would have expected to happen but it is something that we should not be surprised would have occurred. Not all superheroes wear capes. But, they do need armor and something to fight with. Something is the operative word.
To get the fullest picture of the setting of this week's text you are going to have to do some light reading. So, here is how you can prepare and some of the questions that might help set the scene for you while you see what precedes our Scripture.
Start by reading 1 Samuel 13:1-23
1 Samuel 13:1-15
1. Even though it was Jonathan who attacked the outpost at Geba, why did Saul get the credit?
2. Why do you think that the Israelites were afraid?
3. What took Samuel so long to get there?
4. How many of the people were left by the end of Chapter 13?
1 Samuel 13:16-23
1. What or who was seriously lacking in verse 19?
2. What did Israel really have to work with as the battle approached?
3. Where did the 4th detachment of the Israelites go?