1 Samuel 7: Repentance Brings the Victory

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 92–93


After losing their battle with the Philistines by trying to use the ark as a symbol of good luck, the Israelites had two choices. They could try getting another god to save them (which is what many superstitious people did) or they could repent and exercise more faith and trust in the living God, instead of the symbol of the living God. As you read 1 Samuel 7, notice what Samuel counseled the people to do and what happened when the people followed his counsel.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Samuel 7

Fetched up (v. 1)Took 
Sanctified (v. 1)Made clean according to the law of Moses 
Lamented after the Lord (v. 2)Sought the Lord with sorrow for what had happened to them 
Strange (v. 3)Gods not known to the children of Israel 
Drew water, and poured it out before the Lord (v. 6)An act of filling a container with water and pouring it out in a specific manner. 
Judged (vv. 6, 15–17)Led or governed 
Subdued (v. 13)Defeated 
Coasts (v. 14)Borders 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 1 Samuel 7.

Activity A iconWhat Saves?

  1. 1.

    Read 1 Samuel 4:3 and explain what the people thought would save them.

  2. 2.

    What do people today believe will save them?

  3. 3.

    What did Samuel do in 1 Samuel 7, and what did he ask the people to do so they could be saved from their enemies?

  4. 4.

    In what ways could we use these same things to overcome our challenges and temptations today? Give an example.