1 Samuel 4

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 4


Fall of Eli family and defeat of Israel.  

The Philistine was defeated greatly by judge Samson (Judge 16:30). Philistine, however, continued attacking Israel, as it is written in chapter 4.

Israel has been defeated by Philistine losing thousands of men in the battle, and they brought out the ark of God, representing the presence of God, to the frontline of the battle field. However, Israel lost not only the battle but also the ark of God. Eli’s two sons also were killed at the battle.

Tragedy fell on to Eli’s family. Eli, advanced in age, fell backward off his chair and died at the news that Israel was defeated and the ark of God was taken by the Philistine. One of his daughter in law died during the delivering her baby by shocking news that her husband was killed in the battle, naming the baby, Ichabod, meaning the glory has departed from Israel.

A prophecy of God in 1 Samuel 2:31-34 was fulfilled, which was the consequence of the sin of Eli’s two son. Instead of repenting their sin when they were defeated at the battle, Israel misled themselves by bringing out the ark of God to the battle field. They lost the battle, Eli’s two sons were killed at the battle, even the ark of God was captured by the Philistine.  

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.? 3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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