Bible Challenge Week 21: The Nation – Failure!


FAILURE! is starting to sound like the buzzer on a talent show that tells the performer to clear the stage.  It’s an ugly sound–but if we don’t like it, just imagine it sounds to God!

Saul, like Samson before him, has a spectacular fall.  He’s a tragic character worthy of Shakespeare, who might have written a play about him if it hadn’t been sort of illegal to present Bible subjects on stage.  Still, I think of Saul as the “King Lear” of the Bible.  Which raises the question, why choose him in the first place?  Especially when the Lord has–and always had–another man in mind for a replacement, who made his appearance last week and will now come to “live in Saul’s head.”  The plot thickens . . .

To read more, click below for the printable download, with scripture references, thought questions, and activities:

Bible reading Challenge Week 21: The Nation – Failure!

(This is a continuation of a series of posts about the “whole story” of the Bible.  I plan to run one every week, on Tuesdays, with a printable PDF.  The printable includes a brief 2-3 paragraph introduction, Bible passages to read, a key verse, 5-7 thought/discussion questions, and 2-3 activities for the kids.  Here’s the Overview of the entire Bible series.)

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