As I reflected on yesterday’s post, I thought surely something must correlate with Samuel.
1 Samuel 1:9-10 ESV
After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.
1 Samuel 3:3 ESV
The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
Samuel was a youth when the ark was stolen by the Philistines, the temple at Shiloh destroyed, and Eli the priest died. He spent the rest of his life traveling between Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah, serving as Israel’s judge in each of those locations. Then he would return to Ramah because that’s where his home was. The structure of his time–traveling the circuit to judge and writing the book of Judges and the books of Samuel–kept the Israelites’ religious heritage and identity alive during Israel’s defeat and occupation by the Philistines.
Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the anointing on Samuel’s life and his leadership in Israel. Teach the Christians in the Mississippi Delta to use their time wisely, preserving the identity of the Body of Christ and building the kingdom of God. Amen.