PICTURE 01 After Joshua died, God raised up Judges for about 250 years, Samuel was the last judge, before the time of the kings. PICTURE 02 Hannah was a godly woman who was praying for a child, Eli blessed her, “Go in peace and the God of Israel grant your request.”
PICTURE 03 Hannah did give birth to a boy. They named the child Samuel. PICTURE 04 In due time, Hannah took Samuel to the house of the Lord. “I promised the Lord that if he would give me a son, I would give the boy to the Lord’s work.” PICTURE 05 So Samuel stayed with Eli, but the sin of Eli’s own sons was very great before the Lord. PICTURE 06 One evening after Eli and Samuel said goodnight. PICTURE 07 The Lord called Samuel; “Samuel.” PICTURE 08 Samuel went to Eli’s room, “Here I am, you called me.” Eli replied; PICTURE 09 “I didn’t call you my son, now go back to bed.” PICTURE 10 Again this happened, and Eli sent Samuel back to his bed a second time. PICTURE 11 “Samuel.” The Lord said. And once more Samuel went to Eli’s room. PICTURE 12 Eli realised it was the Lord. So he told Samuel, “When He calls say, speak Lord, for your servant hears.” PICTURE 13 And so it was that the Lord spoke with Samuel. PICTURE 14 In the morning Samuel told Eli, “The Lord told me He would carry out the warnings that He has given you. Your sons made themselves vile and you didn’t restrain them. PICTURE 15 Because you didn’t stop them, they will be killed, and you also will die without leaving a son to carry on your family name.”
It happened as Samuel said. The ark of God was captured. The news so upset Eli, that he fell to the ground dead. PICTURE 16 Samuel took the place of Eli, and led the children of Israel back to the Lord.
PICTURE 01 At the same time as Samuel lived a boy named David.David was the great grandson of Ruth and was the youngest of seven brothers. PICTURE 02 His job was to look after his father Jesse’s sheep. PICTURE 03 When night came, he would lead the sheep into a pen, where he would sleep in the doorway, the shepherd was the door. PICTURE 04 He would know all of his sheep by name and they would follow him. PICTURE 05 One day a lion was about to attack his sheep. PICTURE 06 David killed the lion with his sling shot. PICTURE 07 Another time a bear came to steal from his flock. PICTURE 08 But David killed the bear also. PICTURE 09David wrote some wonderful songs in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. His most famous song is psalm twenty three. PICTURE 10 “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.” PICTURE 11 The prophet Samuel met all of David’s brothers. He asked Jesse if he had any other sons and David was sent for. PICTURE 12 As soon as he saw David, the Lord said to Samuel, “This is the one, anoint him.” PICTURE 13 Saul was the first King of Israel and he summoned David to play the harp. PICTURE 14 David found favour with Saul and he was appointed as the king’s armour- bearer. PICTURE 15 So when an evil spirit troubled Saul, David played the harp and sang of God’s love and power. PICTURE 16 Jesse’s three eldest sons were in the King army. One day Jesse said to David, “Take this bag of food to your brothers.” PICTURE 17 The Philistines had a champion called Goliath who would shout, “Give me a man to fight with.” PICTURE 18 David angrily said, “Who is this Philistine, that he dares to defy the army of the living God?” PICTURE 19 Soon David was standing before King Saul. “I will fight the Philistine.” PICTURE 20 But the king’s armour was too big and heavy for David. PICTURE 21 David told the king, how God had helped him to kill a lion and a bear. PICTURE 22 So carefully he chose five smooth stones from the brook. PICTURE 23 Goliath growled, “Do you think I’m a dog, that you come to me with a stick?” PICTURE 24 After praying David retaliated, “This day the Lord God of Israel, will deliver you into my hands.” PICTURE 25 With that David swung his sling and the stone sank into the giant’s forehead. PICTURE 26 David drew out Goliath’s sword and chopped off his head. PICTURE 27 The Philistines immediately ran off, whilst the men of Israel gave chase. PICTURE 28 King Saul rewarded David and made him captain over a thousand men. PICTURE 29 The people sang, “Saul has killed thousands, but David has killed tens of thousands.” PICTURE 30 Saul’s son Jonathan had a strong admiration for David and they became great friends. PICTURE 31 David would often come and play the harp for the King. PICTURE 32 One day, after Saul heard the women singing about David, he became very jealous and tried to kill him. PICTURE 33 Saul said to his servants and Jonathan, “I want David killed.” PICTURE 34 Jonathon pleaded with his father. Eventually Saul said, “As the Lord lives, David shall not be killed.” PICTURE 35 Then Jonathan told David all that had happened and he reconciled David to the King. PICTURE 36 Saul felt that Jonathan would never be king, because the people loved David. PICTURE 37 Once again Saul tried to murder David and then David escaped from the palace. PICTURE 38 David asked Jonathon, “Why does your father want to kill me?” But Jonathan refused to believe it. PICTURE 39 The next day Saul told Jonathan, “As long as David lives, you will never be king?” PICTURE 40 During this meeting, David was in hiding. PICTURE 41 Jonathan tried to reason with his father, but this time Saul threw the javelin at his son. PICTURE 42 In the morning, Jonathan went to fire some arrows in the place he knew David was hiding. PICTURE 43 After sending his servant back to the city, the two friends said goodbye. PICTURE 44 Then went their separate ways. PICTURE 45 David collected some weapons and hid in the hills. PICTURE 46 He lived in a cave and over 400 family and friends came to join him. PICTURE 47 Afraid of Saul, they camped out in the forests. PICTURE 48 But Saul and his men tracked David and they came close to him many times. PICTURE 49 One time, when Saul was with three thousand men, David spied on their camp. PICTURE 50 That night they made their way past the guards, to the tent where the King was sleeping. PICTURE 51 One of the soldiers wanted to kill Saul but David wouldn’t allow it. PICTURE 52 But they took the King’s spear and his jar of water and, as silently as they came, they left. PICTURE 53 In the morning David shouted “Look! Here is the Kings spear and water jar.” PICTURE 54 The King realised that David could have killed him. PICTURE 55 “David I have sinned, I will not harm you, because you have spared my life.” PICTURE 56 It was at this time that Samuel the prophet died. PICTURE 57 Sometime later a messenger bought news to David that Saul and his sons had been killed PICTURE 58 After hearing the news David wrote, ‘Look how the mighty have fallen.’ PICTURE 59 David played on his harp and sang love songs, concerning his greatest friend Jonathan. PICTURE 60 The men of the Judah welcomed David. PICTURE 61 And they anointed him as their king. PICTURE 62 But the time would soon come, when David would become King over the whole of Israel. PICTURE 63 It was at this time, that King David reinstalled the Ark of the Covenant. PICTURE 64 David was king over Israel for forty years. PICTURE 65 He had many wives and many children. PICTURE 66 When David was fifty, he met Bathsheba. She became pregnant while her husband was away in the kings army. PICTURE 67 So King David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle. PICTURE 68 David married Bathsheba and later they had a son, whom they named Solomon.