A messenger tells Eli that his 2 sons have been killed and that the ark of God has been taken. At the news of the ark of God, Eli falls off his chair, breaks his neck and dies. The shock of the news sends Eli’s pregnant daughter-n-law into labor. She gives birth to Ichabod whose name means “the glory has departed from Israel”, and she also dies. Tragic. 😥
Ok, so you can’t just take the ark of God and have no repercussions. The Philistines discover this once they break out in tumors which were likely hemorrhoids, 😳 and their beloved false god Dagon is decapitated. Well, this was a real pain in the rear for them. So after 7 months of moving the ark of God around and experiencing tumors and death everywhere the ark goes, the Philistines decide to return it. They load it on a cart with a guilt offering of 5 golden tumors and 5 golden rats representing the 5 Philistine rulers, and cows pull it to the field of Joshua at Beth Shemesh. After a mishap there, the people of Beth Shemesh have the ark of God taken to Abinadab’s house in Kirjarh Jearim. It will remain there until King David brings it to Jerusalem later in the Story.
Twenty years after the ark is in Kirjarh Jearim, Samuel tells the people to put away their false gods AGAIN and return to the Lord so He will give them victory over the Philistines. The people return to the Lord and He subdues the Philistines. When Samuel is older he makes his wicked sons judges over the people. I guess he didn’t learn from Eli and his corrupt sons. 🤦♀️ Anyway, bc of Samuel’s sons’ wickedness the people ask Samuel to give them a king like the nations around them. God tells Samuel to give the people what they want “…for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them”. But first, the Lord tells Samuel to warn the people about what will happen when they have a king. He will take your sons, take your daughters, take your fields, take your grain and vintage, and take your servants. That’s a lot of taking but the people don’t care, they still want a king. Keep reading bc tomorrow the Lord gives the people what they want.
(1 Samuel 4:12-8:22)