Book of Samuel, Chapters 3 & 4


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Book of Samuel, Chapters 3 & 4

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1 Samuel 3-4. The rise of a prophet, the fall of a High Priest and the loss of the Ark of God. As a boy of 12, Samuel dreams “strong dreams” that awaken him. God speaks through the voice of Eli. Prophecy is received through imagery and form that the individual human mind can comprehend. Samuel does not recognize this, but Eli the High Priest eventually does. Samuel is over time transformed into a full fledged prophet, the likes of which had not been seen in Israel for some time. Directed now by prophecy, Israel goes to war with the Philistines, and they lose. God sent them to fight and lose to punish them, but they did not understand this. In order to win, they wrongly take the great Ark into Battle, but they take the wrong one. There are 2 Arks. The Ark is lost, a sign of things to come, loss of the First Temple, Second Temple and other future national tragedies. Eli's sons killed in battle, but he dies upon hearing the about the loss of the Ark. In the ears (and eyes) of Israel, this meant that God Himself was defeated and captured.

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