Verses 1-3 – Samuel continued to serve the people as their priest, prophet, and judge, but Saul exercised more and more political and military control over the tribes (7:15). In Samuel’s farewell speech, Samuel asked the Israelites to point out any wrongs he had committed. By doing so, Samuel was reminding them that they could trust him. He also reminded them that having a king was their idea. Samuel was reminding them so the people could not blame him when God punished them for their selfish motives.
Verse 10 – The Baal’s and the Ashtoreth’s were pagan gods.
Verse 11 – Jerub—Baal was the name given to Gideon when he demolished the altar of Baal (Judges 6:32).
Verses 12-15 – God had given the people a king, but He never changed His requirements for right living. God is the true King of every area of our life.
Verse 17 – The wheat harvest came near the end of the dry season during the months of May and June. Because rain rarely fell during this period, a great thunderstorm was considered a miracle.
Verse 22 – God did not choose Israel to be His people because they deserved it (Deuteronomy 7:7). He chose them that they might become His channel of blessing to all people through which the Messiah would come (Genesis 12:1-3).
Verse 23 – We may disagree with others but we should continue to pray for them. Samuel told the Israelites he didn’t agree with them wanting a king but never the less he would still pray for them.
Verse 24 – Taking time for reflection allows us to focus our attention upon God’s goodness and it will strengthen our faith in Him.