F I R S T S A M U E L
In this chapter we have, I. The eclipsing of the
glory of the ark, by its privacy in Kirjath-jearim for many years,
ver. 1, 2. II. The
appearing of the glory of Samuel in his public services for the
good of Israel, to whom he was raised up to be a judge, and he was
the last that bore that character. This chapter gives us all the
account we have of him when he was in the prime of his time; for
what we had before was in his childhood (ch. ii. and iii.); what we have of
him after was in his old age, ch. viii. 1. We have him here active,
1. In the reformation of Israel from their idolatry, ver. 3, 4. 2. In the reviving of
religion among them, ver. 5,
6. 3. In praying for them against the invading
Philistines (ver. 7-9),
over whom God, in answer to his prayer, gave them a glorious
victory, ver. 10, 11. 4.
In erecting a thankful memorial of that victory, ver. 12. 5. In the improvement of that
victory, ver. 13, 14. 6.
In the administration of justice, ver. 15-17. And these were the things for
which God was preparing the designing him, in the early
vouchsafements of his grace to him.