SERVE GOD ONLY
Delighted to have you back once again to share more Daily Bread. As you may
remember, when we ended our last study time, the Ark of God had just been
returned to the people of Israel in Bethshemesh, but the Lord destroyed many
people there because they looked in the Ark. After that, the people of that city
felt unworthy to keep the Ark because of their trespass, so they called on the
neighboring city of Kirjathjearim to take it there.
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The Ark remained in Kirjathjearim for twenty years, under the care-taking of
Eleazar, the son of Abinadab (not to be confused with Eleazar the son of Aaron).
During that twenty years, the children of Israel sought the Lord's favor, as
they were still threatened by the Philistines. During this twenty years, Samuel
judged Israel, guiding the people in the way of the Lord.
Samuel then spoke to all of Israel and told them that if they would devote
themselves to the Lord with all their hearts and SERVE HIM ONLY, that the Lord
would save them from the Philistines, and the children of Israel heeded Samuel's
advice. Then Samuel gathered all of Israel to Mizpeh and they fasted and prayed
there in repentance for their disloyalty.
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Now, the Philistines heard that all of Israel was gathered in one place at
Mizpeh, so the leaders of the Philistines thought this was a good opportunity to
attack them. When Israel discovered the Philistines' plan, it frightened them,
so they asked Samuel to pray to God on their behalf, to save them from the
Samuel took a baby lamb and sacrificed it to the Lord with prayer, and the Lord
heard. While Samuel was still offering the sacrifice, the Philistines neared,
but the Lord sent out thundering so great that it overcame the Philistines and
they were defeated by Israel.
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So Samuel set up a memorial stone at the boundary of their victory and called it
Eben-ezer (the stone of help), and said, Up to here has the Lord helped us. The
Philistines didn't come into the borders of Israel anymore and the hand of the
Lord protected Israel from the Philistines all the days of Samuel. Even the
cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were given back and there was
peace also between Israel and the Amorites.
Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life, and he traveled each year to
Bethel, Gilgal and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places, but his home
where he lived and judged was in Ramah, and he built an altar there to the Lord.
What's next for Israel? Well, you'll have to come back soon and find out how
Israel ended up with kings instead of judges right here at Daily Bread.