1 Samuel: Lesson 5 — What’s In Your Box?

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Samuel.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.


Here Comes A King:
A Study of the Book of 1 Samuel

Lesson 5 (What’s In Your Box)
1 Samuel 4:1-21

The Text:

  1. As chapter 4 opens, what do the Israelites set out to do?  Why would they do this?  How does it go for them?
  2. How did the elders of Israel take the news of what had happened?  What was their solution to getting the outcome they wanted?  Who are a part of that solution?
  3. What reaction do the Israelites have?  What is the reaction of the Philistines?  What was the result this time around?  Why do you think it didn’t’ go as expected?
  4. When the messenger returns from the battle line, where is Eli?  Why?  How did Eli respond to the news he received? 
  5. What do we learn about Eli’s daughter-in-law?  How did the news of the day affect her?  What does she do?  What is the name given her son?  Why?

The Application:

  1. How do you decide what “battles” to take on?  How do you approach your enemies?  How does that typically work out for you?
  2. Who do you go to when you are defeated in your “battles”?  What is their response?  What “Arks” might be suggested as the secret weapon in winning?
  3. How do people respond to the symbols of God’s presence that you may carry?  Does having a symbol of God’s presence mean that you have God’s presence?
  4. How valuable are the things of God to you?  Are there things of God that would cause you to “fall apart” if they were taken from you?  How can you avoid that?
  5. As you think about the boy Ichabod, how accurate was his name, “no glory” at that time in Israel?  Are there times you look around and feel the glory has left?  When there is no glory, what is really the reason?

Next week: 1 Samuel 5:1-12
The Right Thing In The Wrong Place 

3 thoughts on “1 Samuel: Lesson 5 — What’s In Your Box?

  1. No problem! I hope it was useful. The Wednesday night small group class is a good group and these discussion questions often bring out some great conversation.

  2. Pingback: What’s In Your Box? « Tom’s Treasure

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