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The Opening Up series offers accessible and easy-to-read introductions to the books of the Bible. The commentaries tackle the key issues in each book by introducing the history and context, and by giving an overview of important themes and events. The authors wrestle with the hard questions and navigate through the difficult issues, with a keen eye toward application and relevance for today.

The book of 1 Samuel is the story of Israel seeking a leader. After the failures of Eli, Samuel, and Saul to properly guide the people, God raises up David, the man after his own heart. This commentary gives a brief explanation of the text and then shows how these events, which took place thousands of years ago, have direct and profound application to our lives today, having been recorded “for our instruction” (1 Cor. 10:11). It also reveals how every event pointed toward the coming of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27), the final and ultimate leader of the people of God.

Author Bio

Jim Newheiser earned an MA and DMin from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has been practicing biblical counseling for over 20 years, is a NANC Fellow, has served as the director of IBCD since 2006, and has been a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California since 1990. Jim is a founding member and an executive board member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals. He is an international retreat and conference speaker, author of Opening Up Proverbs, and co-author of When Good Kids Make Bad Choices and You Never Stop Being a Parent.