What does the history of Israel’s kings have to do with the Christian life today? You might be surprised! The Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel trace the development of Israel’s monarchy from its establishment under the prophet Samuel through the reigns of the nation’s first kings, Saul and David. Yet as memorable as these stories may be, an even greater story lies at their heart: that of the true King, “great David’s greater Son,” who would one day come to establish His throne and rule in our hearts forever.
In volume two of this series, Alistair Begg examines the reign of Israel’s first king, Saul—a reign that began with dire warnings and reached its low point in Saul’s defiance of God and God’s subsequent rejection of Saul. While King Saul’s downslide paved the way for King David’s rise, it also serves as a stark reminder of the danger of trusting in earthly rulers when our hearts were made to worship at heaven’s throne.