1 Samuel 7:13
“So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel…”
Israel faced a constant threat from the Philistines. They had come into the territory promised to Israel, taken land, and threatened the people. Earlier in 1 Samuel, the nation mustered all its strength to drive the Philistines out of their territories, only to suffer a devastating loss. In that earlier battle, the people gathered around a religious artifact, went forth in all the strength they had, and were defeated. Now, some years later, we find them once again facing the same threat. This time, however, their efforts resulted in a great victory. What was the difference? How were they able to defeat an enemy which had plagued them for so many years?
1 Samuel 7:3
“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, ‘If you return to the LORD…
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