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1. Do you ever experience “panic attacks”? When? What are you panicking about these days? How do you find relief?
2. What is meant by Saul’s command to the priest (verse 19; see also Exodus 28:30)? What does this action reveal about Saul?
3. Who is credited with the Philistine-busting? How is that particularly clear?
4. On a scale of 1 (trusting God) to 10 (trusting self), how would an impartial observer rate your current trust level. What story lies behind the rating?
5. What is the longest span of time you have gone without food? For what purpose? How did you feel? How did you break the fast?
6. Have you ever done something that everyone knew was forbidden except you? Was “ignorance” your excuse? Were you punished or not?
7. Why does Saul bind his troops with this oath? What does this reveal about Saul? Is he a stubborn fool? Is he exercising trust in God?
8. What is Jonathan’s opinion of his father’s oath? Do you sympathize more with Saul’s or Jonathan’s reasoning?
9. What does it say about Saul that before now he had never built an altar (verse 35)?
10. Why do you suppose God refuses to answer Saul (verse 37)? Why does God single out Jonathan (verse 42)? What could God be trying to tell Saul?
11. Overall, is Saul a strong leader of Israel? A weak one? Or both? Explain.
12. What position(s) of authority do you presently find yourself in (family, job, church, etc.)? How do you guard yourself from being “a heavy” in exercising that authority? How can you be more Christ-like in the role?
13. In what ways are you, like Saul, impulsive and uncertain in your words? Likewise, are you able to back up what you say? Or are you easily out-voted by others?
14. When you are wrong, what does it take for you to publicly admit it?
15. What do you rely on as a means for making tough decisions? What is your version of “casting lots”?