This week we’re picking back up in our study through 1 Samuel with a 5-week series called Rejected Deity. Through November we’re going to learn some great life lessons about how to handle responsibility when others around us are making bad decisions, what happens when we choose to make the best of a bad situation by compromising our principles, and how a series of bad judgments can lead us to completely turning away from God. But before we see how God’s people can sometimes turn away from Him, we start in 1 Samuel chapter 7 with God’s continuing message: Come Home. No matter what we’ve done, no matter how ridiculous we may feel about coming back to God in the middle of our mess, He is always waiting.
Before we jump in, I want to refresh you or for those who weren’t here for our Samson series last year, I want to give you a little history behind what we’re reading. If you just pick up in 1 Samuel you miss a huge portion of the story.
Background leading up to 1 Samuel 7:
- For a period of a couple hundred years between the death of Joshua and the reign of king Saul, God raised up a series of Judges to keep Israel from being completely overrun.
- But because of their disobedience, God allowed other countries to invade and conquer portions of their land.
- The Philistines inhabited the area of Gaza. At this time in history they pushed into Israel and took over the inheritance of Dan along with some of Judah and Benjamin. Dan moved to the north.
- The confusing thing about the Old Testament is that we expect the books of the Bible and the stories in them to be in chronological order, but that isn’t always the case. If we want to find out what happened between the birth of Samson and the time when our story picks up in Judges 14, we first need to look at 1 Samuel chapters 4-6. You see that the ark of the covenant was captured by the Philistines and then returned to Israel because of God’s punishment on them.
1 Samuel 7: 1-14
1 Corinthians 7: 8-11
Isaiah 40: 29-31