Okay, I got sidetracked. I didn't realize that I had already done chapters 3 and 4 in a personal quiet time, and then never put them up on a blog, so now I will do that so you guys can get caught up with me...
1st Samuel 3
In these chapters, you are encountering the biggest enemy of Israel, the Philistines, while at the same time, dealing with Samuel, the young boy who is called to be a prophet of God. He is with Eli, and he hears the voice of God, and responds "Here I am", this is not the first time that there was an instance in the Bible where someone responded "Here I am" to God. Moses answered that to God and God used him for a great purpose. Much is similar to that circumstance here in this chapter, because Samuel was responding to God, and he was going to be the tool to find Israel's next king.
1st Samuel 4
In this chapter, you actually get to see the Philistines, and now you can understand why they are such a big problem to the Israelites. They capture the Ark of the Covenant, and try to use it against the people that made it. HELLO? What are they smoking? How can a group of people use an instrument of worship against the very people that created that instrument? It's like taking a Ford Mustang right off the assembly line and then running over the worker that helped paint it. You just don't do stuff like that.
1st Samuel 5
This is where the Ark starts to turn against the people, because the statue of their deity, Dagon, starts to fall over and get destroyed because God is getting angry. The Israelites know that God will keep them safe and guard them from all harm, but when the symbol of God's prescence is taken away, they worry, but God brings them back to where they need to be.
1st Samuel 6
The Philistines, having seen what the Ark can do when it is away from where it needs to be, decide to make an offering of guilt to appease the Israelites. They give it back. They were all afraid, as they should be...You don't take away from God's glory, and God showed his wrath on the people who would defile the Israelites...
1st Samuel 7
Here is where Samuel starts his ministry...
In the process of Samuel explaining to the people to remove the foreign Gods of the cities that Israel had taken back from the Philistines. It was amazing. God gives the people of Israel back their land. Much as he did in today's age; May 14, 1948. The nation of Israel is reborn after almost being wiped off the face of the earth. To God be the Glory!!!!!!!
I hope you guys enjoy reading this!!!!