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Breezin’ Through The Bible #10A, Samuel

November 27, 2013

In 1105 BC, a son Samuel, was born to Hannah, wife of Elkanah, who had been childless for many years. Hannah was loved by Elkanah, but the Lord had closed her womb, causing her great distress. Each year Hannah went to the Lord’s house to pray. Now Eli, the Priest, was sitting outside by the doorpost. He heard her cries to the Lord as she made a vow, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, but give me a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life.”

Eli toldd her to go in peace, and he said, “May the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” In the course of time she became pregnant and gave birth to Samuel, for she had asked the Lord for him. When the boy was weaned, she took him to Eli. Each year she made a little coat for him, and she gave birth to three sons and two daughters while the boy grew up in the presence of the Lord.

One night the Lord spoke to Samuel, saying that because Eli’s two sons had done evil in his sight, they would be punished. The Philistines defeated the Israelites, capturing the Ark of the Covenant, wrongly brought to the battle cite. Eli’s two sons were killed in the battle, and Eli, then 98 years of age, died of shock and grief.

The sacred Ark, in Pagans’ hands was put into their temple next to a statue of the Philistine god, Dagon. At night the statue of Dagon tumbled to the ground, broken into pieces. Then the Philistines became afflicted with tumors. After seven months of misery, the Philistines sent the Ark back to the Israelites on a cart pulled by milch cows, after first penning their calves. (1 Samuel 7: 10) Disregarding their natural instinct, the cows went straight to Israel lowing as they went. There they dumped the Ark, proving God cannot be outwitted.

When the Philistines arrived to do battle with the Israelites at Mizpah, God sent them into confusion. Samuel found a large stone outsize Mispah and named it Ebenezer, meaning the stone of help, to remind his people of God’s great victory. (1 Samuel 7:12)

To be contd.


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