Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 3-7
Highlights: God appears to Samuel and tells him that He is going to perform judgment against the family of Eli. The Israelites are defeated by the Philistines. 30,000 Israelites die, including the sons of Eli, and the Ark is captured. Eli dies when he hears the Ark has been captured. The Philistines cities that posses the Ark are cursed by God and they seek to return it to Israel. Samuel teaches the nation to repent, which they do and they are then able to subdue the Philistines. Samuel serves Israel as a judge, prophet, and priest.
After being defeated by the Philistines the first time, the Israelites tried a new tactic. What did they bring to battle the second time? Why did they do this? Why were they still not successful? What could we learn from this?
Note: though not stated in 1 Samuel, according to 1 Chronicles 6:33, 34 Samuel was of the tribe of Levi. 1 Samuel 1:1 leaves the impression his family were Ephraimites but that may refer to where they lived.