1 Samuel 7

Before Reading.

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

Reading.

  • 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 6

Overview.

Samuel as the judge of Israel.  

The ark of God finally was settled in Israel at Kiriath Jearim for twenty years, and the people of Israel sought after the Lord.

The ministry of Samuel is written in specific ways.

The reformation of Israel’s faith (vv2-6) — he called for repentance of all people of Israel by returning from idols, Baals and Ashtoreths, to serve God only. The people of Israel assembled at Mizpah, confessing their sins with fasting and washing.

Samuel subdues the Philistines. (vv7-14) — Samuel’s intercessory prayer with burnt offering saved Israel from the hand of Philistine. When the Philistine drew near to Israel in battle, God sent loud thunder that caused a big panic to them, and they routed before Israel, and the Israelites pursued them, slaughtering them.

Circuit leadership as judge (vv15-17) — Samuel traveled around Israel providing leadership as judge, going on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, and to Ramah, where his home was, building an alter to the Lord.

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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