1 Samuel 7* The ark removed to Kirjath-jearim. (1-4) The Israelitessolemnly repent. (5,6) The Lord discomfits the Philistines.(7-12) They are subdued, Samuel judges Israel. (13-17)1-4 God will find a resting-place for his ark; if some thrustit from them, the hearts of others shall be inclined to receiveit. It is no new thing for God's ark to be in a private house.Christ and his apostles preached from house to house, when theycould not have public places. Twenty years passed before thehouse of Israel cared for the want of the ark. During this timethe prophet Samuel laboured to revive true religion. The fewwords used are very expressive; and this was one of the mosteffectual revivals of religion which ever took place in Israel. 5,6 Israel drew water and poured it out before the Lord;signifying their humiliation and sorrow for sin. They pour outtheir hearts in repentance before the Lord. They were free andfull in their confession, and fixed in their resolution to castaway from them all their wrong doings. They made a publicconfession, We have sinned against the Lord; thus giving gloryto God, and taking shame to themselves. And if we thus confessour sins, we shall find our God faithful and just to forgive usour sins. 7-12 The Philistines invaded Israel. When sinners begin torepent and reform, they must expect that Satan will muster allhis force against them, and set his instruments at work to theutmost, to oppose and discourage them. The Israelites earnestlybeg Samuel to pray for them. Oh what a comfort it is to allbelievers, that our great Intercessor above never ceases, isnever silent! for he always appears in the presence of God forus. Samuel's sacrifice, without his prayer, had been an emptyshadow. God gave a gracious answer. And Samuel erected amemorial of this victory, to the glory of God, and to encourageIsrael. Through successive generations, the church of God hashad cause to set up Eben-ezers for renewed deliverances; neitheroutward persecutions nor inward corruptions have prevailedagainst her, because "hitherto the Lord hath helped her:" and hewill help, even to the end of the world. 13-17 In this great revival of true religion, the ark wasneither removed to Shiloh, nor placed with the tabernacle anywhere else. This disregard to the Levitical institutions showedthat their typical meaning formed their chief use; and when thatwas overlooked, they became a lifeless service, not to becompared with repentance, faith, and the love of God and man.
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