Why Did God Call Samuel 4 Times In The Bible?

God called Samuel 4 times to inform him that the Philistines were about to attack Israel. The meaning of the name Samuel is “God of Heard.” Maybe you relate with Samuel’s story because you feel God calling you too. Everyone, including you, is invited by God to put their faith in Jesus and embrace the gift of eternal life. God calls you because He loves you.

At that time, in the bible, Israel and the Philistines both pitched tents at Ebenezer, while the Philistines camped in Aphek. The Philistines had congregated at that point to fight Israel. The Philistines had lined up and were facing Israel when the conflict began.

When the conflict started, they had killed about 4,000 troops on the battlefield. As the warriors approached the camp, the elders of Israel questioned why the Lord had made them lose to the Philistines today.

Bring the Lord’s ark of the covenant from Shiloh to this location, and He will come among us and protect us from the strength of our adversaries.

The Israelites then transported the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who is sitting on the cherubim, from Shiloh. Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were present with the ark of God’s covenant. All of Israel shouted loudly when the ark of the Lord’s covenant entered the camp, causing the earth to shake.

What does this loud shouting in the Hebrews’ camp imply, the Philistines inquired upon hearing the noise of the shouting.

The Philistines were terrified when they discovered that the Lord’s ark had arrived at the camp because they believed that “gods” had entered it. And they added, “Woe to us!” Because this has never happened before. Shame on us! Who is able to rescue us from the strength of these powerful gods? These are the same gods who plagued the Egyptians in the desert with every conceivable calamity. O Philistines, have courage and act like men so that you do not become slaves to the Hebrews as they have been to you. Act like men and engage in battle.

Philistines engage in battle with Israeli

The Philistines engaged in combat; when Israel triumphed, they fled, each person returning to his home. There was a massive bloodbath, as 35,000 Israeli foot soldiers perished. Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, perished along with the capture of the ark of God. However, when the Philistines took possession of the ark, tumor and disease outbreaks struck them, prompting them to surrender the ark to the Israelites. According to certain myths, anyone who approached the ark or peered inside would perish.

Summary

Why did the Philistines capture the ark?
The elders of Israel realized that God had allowed their defeat. He hadn’t fought for them against the Philistines. So they did what seemed logical to them; they took the ark the symbol of God’s presence and carried it to the battlefield. But the ark was not a good luck charm.

How did Samuel stop the Philistines from invading Israel?
They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.” Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it up as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. So the Philistines were subdued and did not invade Israelite territory again.

Where is the ark of Covenant today?
One of the most famous claims about the Ark’s whereabouts is that before the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem, it had found its way to Ethiopia, where it still resides in the town of Aksum, in the St. Mary of Zion cathedral.

8 comments

  1. I just read this part about the ark and Dagon. Most likely these Israelites died because they were wicked and didn’t know the lord, since they worshipped strange gods. And god alone sent plagues to the philistinies and brought terror to them. And god wasn’t going to deliver The enemies to the hands of Israel without their own sins be paid first with blood so god wasn’t with the soldiers in their plight. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death.

  2. Historically Philistines were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan from the 12th century BC until 604 BC, when their polity, after having already been subjugated for centuries by the Neo-Assyrian Empire, was finally destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar II of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. After becoming part of his empire and its successor, the Persian Empire, they lost their distinct ethnic identity and disappeared from the historical and archaeological record by the late 5th century BC.

  3. The Philistines were really bad guys in the Bible, like Goliath who confronted David in battle. The Israelites frequently referred to the Philistines as “uncircumcised” (Judges 15:18; 1 Samuel 14:6; 2 Samuel 1:20), meaning, at that time, those who had no relationship with God. They were not God’s chosen people and were to be strictly avoided as a contaminating evil.

  4. Some Bible students have pointed out that Samuel was a person of high character. The matter of character, however, is not the crucial point regarding Samuel. Many people have a high character, but they are just for themselves, their enterprise, and their kingdom. They are not for God’s kingdom. Samuel was not only high in character; he was high in the Nazarite vow.

    It is worthwhile to compare Samuel with another Nazarite—Samson. Samson also was a Nazarite by his mother’s vow, but he was very different from Samuel. When the Bible speaks of Samson and the other judges, it often says that the Spirit of God rushed upon them (Judg. 14:6, 19). But there is no such word about Samuel. A Nazarite does not need rushing power; rather, a Nazarite needs a heart that is a reflection of God’s heart. Unlike Samson, Samuel did not gain a mighty victory by slaughtering a great number of others. On the contrary, Samuel was a Nazarite for God’s interest.

    Although it was not easy for Samuel to stand for God in his particular environment, he cared for God’s interest and he turned the age. According to the Old Testament, Samuel is ranked with Moses in being for God and for God’s interest (Jer. 15:1).

  5. Without Samuel it would have been very hard for God to carry out His economy. God had the intention that Christ would be born in the lineage of David, and only Samuel could bring in David. Without a David there would not have been the lineage of Christ’s genealogy. In order for God to reach the time of incarnation, there had to be some preparation, and Samuel was a part of that preparation. God raised up Samuel and prepared him for God’s use to do whatever was necessary to gain, through David, the proper lineage of the genealogy of Christ.

  6. God used Samuel to anoint first Saul and then David. As we will see when we consider the history concerning Saul, Saul only had a monarchy. The kingdom of God came first under David, when God’s throne was established in Jerusalem. In Matthew 21:43 the Lord Jesus told the Jewish leaders that the kingdom of God would be taken from them. This indicates that the kingdom of God began in the Old Testament. It did not begin with Abraham or with Moses but with David. Therefore, what we see with David is not any kind of monarchy but the kingdom of God.

  7. Samuel’s response to the call of God, however, does not take the form of a question. Instead, the boy responds with ‘Here I am, for you called me’, revealing his own belief that it was in fact Eli who summoned him in the night.

  8. I’m not good at the bible stories but i m pretty sure this one is inserting something into my memory. The story is well explained and very educative. The video is well captured and tell allot on the story. God surely finds it easy to work with those who are ready but as well He can use one who was not aware of his or her importance to the word. He uses those who He chooses to carry out His ministry whichever place He wants and in the way He wants.

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