1 & 2 Samuel:

This series of messages is a verse by verse exposition of the book of 1 & 2 Samuel by Jess Whetsel,  a pastor at Kootenai Community Church. These messages were preached during our Sunday Morning Worship Service. Click here for more teaching by Jess Whetsel.

Deliverance in Israel (1 Samuel 11:1-15)

The Ammonites led by King Nahash besieged Jabesh-gilead & sought to make threatening the people and demanded that they mutilate themselves to bring shame upon Israel. The Spirit of God came upon King Saul to bring all Israel together to defeat their enemies. An exposition of 1 Samuel 11:1-15.

Long Live the King (1 Samuel 10:17-27)

Israel had rejected their true “King” and demanded an earthly king to rule over them. An exposition of 1 Samuel 10:17-27.

Samuel Anoints Saul (1 Samuel 10:1-16)

During a public ceremony at Mizpah, Samuel anoints a reluctant Saul as Israel’s first king. An exposition of 1 Samuel 10:1-16.

The First King of Israel (1 Samuel 9:1-27)

Samuel received a special Revelation from God to anoint a king over Israel. God in His providence, reveals to Samuel that Saul is His chosen as the person to become the first King over Israel. An exposition of 1 Samuel 9:1-27.

A Call For a King (1 Samuel 8:10-22)

Samuel responds to the elders and gives the warnings that God had instructed Samuel to give the people of Israel regarding the “procedure of the king who will reign over them. An exposition of 1 Samuel 8:10-22.

The Call For A King (1 Samuel 8:1-9)

The sons of Samuel have become corrupt and the Israelites demand a king like all other nations. An exposition of 1 Samuel 8:1-9.

The Power of God’s Mercy, Part 2 (1 Samuel 7:8-17)

The text covers Samuel’s leadership as Judge over Israel, begins with God’s answer to the Sacrificial Offering and prayer for victory over the Philistines and the reestablishing of Israel’s boarders and Samuel’s leadership role as Judge over Israel. An expostion of 1 Samuel 7:8-17.
Jess Whetsel

Jess Whetsel


Jess Whetsel was born and raised in Northern California. He married his wife, Marcia, in 1965. They moved to Idaho along with their two children in 1977. Jess was saved in 1977 through the ministry of Southside Community Church, Cocolalla, ID.

Jess and Marcia were discipled one -on -one for three years using a Bible School curriculum. He then taught Sunday School, was involved in a Prison Ministry, Bible studies and discipleship. Jess was a cabinet maker by trade and when construction slowed down in 1983, he moved his family to Hayden Lake. He became a lay pastor in a local church there for 10 years.

After their two children were married, they moved back to the Sandpoint area. They began attending Kootenai Community Church in 2000. Jess has been active in teaching adult Sunday School, Bible Studies, and discipleship. Jess has been an elder since June of 2003.