Did the men of Kirjath-jearim comply with the request, and what did they do with the ark?
Ought the judgments inflicted upon those who profane the ordinances, to make us afraid of the ordinances themselves ?
How long did the ark abide in Kirjath-jearim?
Were the people brought at last to feel their need of the divine presence, and to lament after it?
How did Samuel set himself to improve this promising disposition, and with what success? N.B. This, though briefly described, is supposed to have been one of the most powerful revivals ever recorded in the history of the chosen people.
What fruits meet for repentance did the people bring forth? v. 4.
What further did Samuel do to carry on this good work to perfection?
Ought the management of revivals at this day to be regulated as nearly as possible by the accounts given of like events in the scriptures?
Taking Samuel's conduct on this occasion for an example, what ought it to be the grand object of ministers and others to impress and inculcate upon the minds of the people at such seasons?
Ought we to be any more satisfied with a mere external reformation than Samuel was with the children of Israel's putting away Baalim and Ashtaroth at this time?
In what new capacity did Samuel begin to act on this occasion at Mizpah?
In what light did the Philistines view this gathering of the children of Israel, and what did they do accordingly?
Are the combinations of God's people for pious purposes often eyed suspiciously by the world?
Does this conduct of the Philistines also fitly represent the opposition made by Satan and his emissaries against those who are repenting, reforming, and turning to God?
How were the people of Israel affected by the news of these operations, and what application did they make to Samuel?
What did Samuel do accordingly, and what followed? V. 9—11. N. B. Samuel was not a priest, but like Gideon before him, he was directed on this occasion to officiate in that capacity. The Philistines were no doubt inflated with the highest confidence of success from the previous advantages gained over the Israelites near to this very place.
How did Samuel commemorate this timely deliverance? N. B. Ebenezer signifies, stone of help.
What practical hint is hereby afforded to the people of God in all ages?
What lasting effect had this event upon the Philistines?
What captured possessions were restored to Israel?
How long did Samuel judge Israel, and in what mode did he fulfil the duties of his office?
Where was his residence, and what did he do in order to keep up the public exercises of religion?
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