Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Samuel (I and II)
days. I Samuel 31:13 "And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days." This story continues in II Samuel.
Suicide. I Samuel 31:4 "Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it." Saul was a coward and didn't want to face uncertain death, so he killed himself before the others could kill him.
Endor. I Samuel 28:7 "Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor." A familiar spirit, I have found out, is not a soul mate or some such thing. It is a witchcraft term, which involves a trance to contact the spirit. Many people believe this spirit is a demon of some sort.
Nabal. I Samuel 25:3 "Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb." The name Nabal means fool.
Yes. I Samuel 21:13 "And he changed his behavior before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard." Back then, as well as today, it is common practice for men of the Middle East to wear beards.
Achish. I Samuel 21:12 "And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath." Gath is where the giant Goliath was from.
He rejected the word of God. I Samuel 15:23 "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king."
Agag. I Samuel 15:20 "And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites." Although Saul captured him, it was Samuel who had Agog killed.
Joel. I Samuel 8:2 "Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba." Joel means "Yahweh is God". Beersheba still exists in Israel today, however the modern one is slightly south of the Biblical one.
Elkanah. Samuel 1:18-20 "And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, because I have asked him of the Lord." Hannah was Samuel's mother. Her name means full of hope.
Israel. II Samuel 24:25 "And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel." I hope you enjoyed this quiz. The next quiz of this series will be on I Kings.
It's perfect. II Samuel 22:31: "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him." A buckler is a kind of shield, so this verse is saying that if we trust God he will always protect us.
|David praises God a lot in Chapter 22. What does he say God will save him from in verse 4?||Samuel - Part II
enemies. II Samuel 22:4 " I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies." This song is still sung in churches today.
He was stabbed and beaten. II Samuel 18: 14-15 "Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him." Absalom's name means "Father of Peace". He was one of David's sons.
Bathsheba. I Samuel 11:3 " And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" Another form of Eliam is Ammiel.
30. II Samuel 5:4 "David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years." If you look at the lineage of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament, David is a direct ancestor of Joseph.
Zeruiah. II Samuel 2:18 "And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe." Zeruiah is David's sister.
2 days. II Samuel 1:2 "Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag." Ziklag was located in southern Israel.
Hannah. Hannah was in great distress because she couldn't have a son. She prayed to God saying that, if God gave her a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord. God gave her a son and she named him Samuel. This can be found at I Samuel chapter 1 verses 1 to 20.
Uriah. David saw Bathsheba bathing and he sent someone to find out about her. She became pregnant (with David as the father) while Uriah was at the war. David wanted Uriah to think that Uriah was the father, but Uriah wouldn't sleep with her. Thus, David sent him out to war at the front lines. This didn't please God. This can be found at II Samuel chapter 11 verses 1 to 27.
Thirty. David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty years. This can be found at II Samuel chapter 5 verse 4.
Thirty. Saul was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel for forty-two years. This can be found at I Samuel chapter 13 verse 1.
He killed him. David killed the Amalekite because the man had not been afraid to kill Saul. Saul had asked the Amalekite to kill him, which the Amalekite did.
Samuel. Saul was afraid because of the Philistines, who were attacking the Israelites. He enquired of God, but God did not answer, so he asked a medium to bring up Samuel's ghost. Samuel was angry at Saul because Saul had consulted Samuel after God had turned away from Saul.
A spear. I Samuel chapter 18 verses 10 to 11 reads: "The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, 'I'll pin David to the wall.' But David eluded him twice".
Jesse. David was the youngest of the sons of Jesse. He was chosen by God himself to be the king of Israel. Samuel first thought that another one of Jesse's sons, Eliab, was the one that God chose, but God rejected him, telling Samuel, "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." God choosing David as king can be found at I Samuel chapter 16, verses 1 to 13.
Absalom. This is found in II Samuel chapter 13, verses 28 to 29. When Amnon got drunk from drinking wine, Absalom ordered his men to strike Amnon down. Both Absalom and Amnon were David's sons, and Absalom hated Amnon because he had disgraced their sister Tamar.
|According to the NIV, how long did the Philistines have the ark of the Lord after they had captured it from Israel?||BBB Bible Series: 1 Samuel
Seven months. When the Philistines defeated the Israelites at Ebenezer, they slaughtered thirty thousand soldiers and captured the ark of the Lord, and put it into the temple of their God, Dagon. Therefore God devastated the Philistines with tumours. When the ark of the Lord had been with them for seven months, they plotted with their priests and diviners about how to get it back to the Israelites. The full account can be found in 1 Samuel 6:1 (NIV).
The Amalekites. God commanded Saul to totally destroy the Amalekites but he failed to do so by keeping Agag, the Amalekite, king alive. He also spared "The best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs-everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed." (1 Samuel 15:7-9, NIV.)
Nabal. While David and his men camped in Nabal's field they watched over Nabal's sheep, making sure that nothing happened to them. When they sent messengers to Nabal asking that he send supplies, Nabal refused. However, his wife Abigail took food out to David and his men, thus preventing David from executing a bloody revenge. You can find the full account of this in 1 Samuel 25:2-3 (NIV)
Ahinoam. 1 Samuel 14:50-51 of the New International Version give us Saul's genealogy. "Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishui and Malki-Shua. The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal; and the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam..." There's not much mentioned of Ahinoam in the Bible, but she must have had the patience of a saint!