Last week I posted a quick study on the early narratives of Samuel, showing the fall of Eli’s family, priests at Shiloh, and the rise of Samuel, the “faithful priest” the Lord raised up to replace the house of Eli. I noted there that the “narrative of 1 Samuel 1-7 is largely focused on this reversal.”
But there is another important storyline bubbling beneath the surface of these chapters that I don’t want to pass over. The sins of the Shiloh priests (detailed in my last post) in the first few chapters of Samuel set the stage for another important transition for the people of God.
The focus of Israelite worship at the beginning of 1 Samuel is Shiloh. This is where the priests served (however poorly), the tent of meeting was located and where the ark was kept. But starting in chapter 4, the ark leaves Shiloh never to…
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