1 Samuel (Reformed Expository Commentary)

1 Samuel (Reformed Expository Commentary)
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Phillips, Richard D.


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Listen to a series of sermons by Richard Phillip entitled 1 Samuel.
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David is more than a great hero, a man of faith, and a model for Christians to follow. He is one of the most important Old Testament types of Jesus Christ. It is as an anointed one—called and provided by God to lead Israel—that David plays his chief role in redemptive history and makes his distinctive contribution in preparing God's people for the Anointed One, the Messiah who comes to rule and to save.

Two other significant figures—Samuel and Saul—appear in 1 Samuel. Samuel, an epochal figure whose significance equals that of Joshua, guides Israel out of the chaotic period of the judges and serves the coming of the Davidic kingdom. Saul, an alter ego first to Samuel and then to David, personifies the idolatry and unbelief that plague Israel throughout the Old Testament. The ways in which he contrasts with Samuel and David provide valuable spiritual lessons.

The lesser characters in 1 Samuel are hardly incidental—Eli the corrupted priest, Hannah the tearful believer, and Jonathan the faithful friend, to name just three.

As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of 1 Samuel is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ thorugh the lens of redemptive history, and apples the bible to our contemporary setting.

About the Author

Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville, SC. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelical and chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. He is coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series and the author of numerous works of biblical exposition.

About the Series

The Reformed Expository Commentary is biblical (committed to comprehensive exposition of the text), doctrinal (committed to the Westminster Standards), redemptive-historical (committed to a Christ-centered view of the Old Testament), and practical (committed to applying the text to people today). Coeditors are Philip Ryken and Richard Phillips; biblical editors are Iain Duguid and Dan Doriani.

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Book Details

560 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: May 2012
ISBN 10: 1596381973
ISBN 13: 9781596381971

The Reformed Expository Commentary series from P&R is a gift to the Church in this generation. In his commentary on 1 Samuel, The Reverend Rick Phillips provides a Scripturally faithful, satisfyingly readable, and spiritually challenging series of expositions which will, through the presence of the Spirit in this messages, bring increased strength to the soul of the believer and deeper insights for the study of the pastor. Pastor Phillips has obviously been like a diver, going deep down, in his study of the Word of God in 1 Samuel, to uncover the pearls of heaven in these chapters. His work will bless the Church as those pearls adorn the reader. As Samuel wrote in 1 Samuel 30:6, "But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God" and that shepherd-king found courage in the midst of his challenges through his refuge in God, so, too, desperate disciples in these days will find power from on high in these pages. I commend Rick Phillips' work without hesitation and believe that those who will take a season to study this work will be strengthened in the Lord our God. ”
- Michael A Milton, President and Professor of Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte