Reading through the Bible together
The ark rested securely at Kirjath-jearim under the care of the Levites. Archeological excavation revealed that Shiloh the previous home for the ark was destroyed about 1050 BC, no doubt by the Philistines after they captured the Ark. Jeremiah 7:12-15; 26:6-9, refers to the destruction of Shiloh as an example of what would happen to Jerusalem. For twenty years Samuel faithfully carried on his work of teaching God’s word. It was God’s word and the discipline of affliction by the Philistines that led the people back to God and “all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.”
The people were ready for, revival and reformation and Samuel called them to action. They put away their idol worship and served the Lord only. Then Samuel called Israel to come together in unity at Mizpeh. Their gathering was seen as an act of war by the Philistines so they sent their army against them.
Notice that, “Samuel cried unto the Lord, he took a lamb and offered it.” A great storm from the Lord defeated the Philistines, which is interesting since Baal was the storm god which the Philistines worshiped. So victory came to Israel.
All our victories come through the Lamb. It is as we read in Revelation, “and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” In the final crisis, the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet are united against the Lamb. It looks hopeless for the Lamb. Surprise! The Lamb has already won!
“Lord help all of us to see the Victorious Lamb leading His remnant people home in triumph.”