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April 6, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 7 (ESV)

And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the Lord. From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the Lord only.

Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah....Continue Reading

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  1. 12Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 13So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel

  2. What a difference godly sorrow, confession and repentance make. All things that God can bless and approve and thereby He provides victory for the Israelites.

    And Samuel embraces his role as judge and priest. He travels around Israel and judges the various situations that are sure to arise in any group of people. And yet he also builds an altar in Ramah. Do we assume that as the Philistines took the ark of God that they destroyed the tabernacle that was at Shiloh? At this point, the ark of the Lord is at Kiriath Jearim at the house of Abinidab guarded by his son Eleazer. And Samuel builds an altar at Ramah. Strange that there is no mention of rebuilding the sanctuary in this long season of Samuels’s leadership and Israel’s obedience. Could it be the absence of the priestly line ended with Eli? The Levites are mentioned in chapter 6 but no mention of someone carrying on the Aaronic priesthood. Interesting…..

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