How did Jonathan and Saul, though they had vastly different reactions to David’s kingly destiny, both love their “neighbor” as themselves? What made David so capable of forgiveness? Who is Abigail and what makes her one of the noblest characters in all of scripture?
The book of Samuel says “man looketh on the outward appearance.” What are some common ways we do this? What was Saul’s tragic flaw? How was David a man after God’s own heart? How do Goliath’s actions correspond with Satan’s temptations of Christ?
The stories of Ruth and Hannah don’t include any dramatic miracles or the words of prophets, so why did the ancient scribes include them in the Bible? What’s so important in these accounts that we can’t learn anywhere else?
Why did God let an entire generation of Israelites die in the wilderness? Why did he command his chosen people to utterly destroy their enemies? How hard was it to follow Joshua when you’d grown up with a prophet like Moses?
When God parted the Red Sea, he was actually providing an even more miraculous form of help to the Israelites--he was enabling them to change from within. A hint to how is found in our discussion of the meaning of His name.
In the story of Abraham and Isaac, if Isaac symbolizes Christ, who does Ishmael symbolize? How does the test of Sarah compare to the test of Abraham? What is the simplest way to follow Abraham's example today?