Eager submission to authority is not a popular topic in today's culture. This is why the message of 1, 2 Samuel is so relevant. As ancient Israel adapted to the new political realities of a human king, they had to learn afresh what it meant to proclaim, "Yahweh is King." 1, 2 Samuel offer portraits of one king who failed to submit to God and one who succeeded.
Emphasizing the two books at a unit, author Bill T. Arnold traces the contemporary relevance of ancient Israel's successes and failures in accepting God's kingship.