1. In Hebrews 11 we read about a number of people from the Old Testament who showed how faith will enable a person to obtain "a good report" (vs.2). 2. In vs.32 Samuel is mentioned with several other great leaders of Israel. a. From a very young age, Samuel was trained by Eli to serve as Israel's leader. b. Samuel eventually served Israel as a prophet, a priest, and a judge.
I. (1 Samuel 4:1-18) ISRAEL NEEDED A LEADER
A. (vs.1-11) The Philistines: 1. defeated the Israelites in battle 2. took the ark of the covenant from Israel 3. killed Eli's sons, Hophni and Phinehas. B. (vs.12-18) Eli also died. C. Fortunately, God had said in 1 Samuel 2:35 that He would raise up "a faithful priest" who would do His will.
II. (1 Samuel 7) ISRAEL PROSPERED UNDER SAMUEL'S LEADERSHIP
A. (vs.1-9) Samuel led the Israelites back to God. B. (vs.10-14) Israel defeated the Philistines and reclaimed the land that the Philistines had taken.
III. SAMUEL HAD A GOOD INFLUENCE UPON ISRAEL THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE
A. (1 Samuel 7:15-17) Samuel judged Israel "all the days of his life." B. (1 Samuel 12) At an advanced age, Samuel rebuked the Israelites for requesting a king, and he prayed for them. C. (1 Samuel 25:1) The response of the Israelites to Samuel's death is an indication of the influence that he had upon them.
IV. SAMUEL ANOINTED ISRAEL'S FIRST TWO KINGS
A. (1 Samuel 9:25-10:1) Samuel anointed Saul. B. (1 Samuel 16:1-13) Samuel also anointed David.