Good news: my commentary on 1 Samuel (410 pp) is finally available. You can purchase copies here, in hardback or eBook formats. You may also see the table of contents below and access each sermon for free online.
Preachers are always looking for preaching materials and helps, as they have to produce a steady stream of acceptable sermons. In more than one way, this was the impetus for me to start this series. First, I wanted to provide a model of exegetical sermon material written from a Christian Reconstructionist perspective and with applications to the civil and social realm. Few of these exist, particularly in regard to civil matters, and I wanted to equip pastors to begin preaching this way, and to embolden them to do likeminded works on other books as well. There was a time when preachers preached this way. While pastors and theologians today often frown upon civil and social applications based on Scripture—especially from the context of Old Covenant history—I have been powerfully encouraged by John Calvin’s sermons on Deuteronomy and 2 Samuel 1–13. It is long past time that pastors began to realize this type of application and begin to deliver it to their congregations.
Second, I personally need sermon material, since I was preaching roughly twice a month at Christ Church in Branch Cove, Alabama. I had always been enamored with the message of 1 Samuel 8 for its direct bearings upon political tyranny in our own age. Then I saw the sanction of arms control in chapter 13. The more I read, the more I saw scenario after scenario which had overt political, judicial, and social applications, and they all seemed to apply directly to our own time. So I decided to make a series of sermons preaching through 1 Samuel.
What followed was far more fruitful than I imagined at the outset. In our age denuded almost completely of social or political-legal applications of Scripture, who would dare to think that 1 Samuel addresses nearly every possible legal phenomenon we have witnessed in modern times, as well as the psychological and spiritual effects behind them. If most people think of 1 Samuel at all, they may remember the faith of barren Hannah (the subject of so many “Mother’s Day” sermons), but perhaps only recall the story of David and Goliath. Little would most people suspect that Hannah was praying for a political and social revolution in her time. Little would they realize 1 Samuel addresses, among other things, the direct link between social freedom and God’s Law, national security and God’s Law, as well as specific politic issues such as biblical principles of warfare, kingship, national defense, the right to bear arms, taxation, military conscription, national greatness, political candidacy, political parties, party rivalries, jurisprudence (including biblical “common” law versus arbitrary civil or “statute” law), how to remain faithful under a regime hostile to biblical law, expatriation, political compromise, voting, the lesser of two evils, and more. And it is simply staggering, once you understand the narratives involved, just how closely Samuel’s and David’s situations parallel our own in many ways.
The original sermons and Bible studies were well received. Several people inquired if I would continue into 2 Samuel. I have begun the studies, and hope to follow this volume with another on 2 Samuel, but that will be in its own time if it happens. In the meantime, I pray that the reader finds these sermons as eye-opening, encouraging, and instructive as I did when preparing them. I believe they will be profitable for personal use, Sunday schools, as well as their primary intention, pulpit material. May the Lord bless this land which preachers bold enough to speak the whole counsel of God, even when it challenges civil leaders and criticizes civil institutions.
(Powder Springs, GA: American Vision Press, 2013, 410pp.)