I understand it now. There isn’t a “partly” Your way, it’s all the way or no way.
On another note, they’ve been living for 300 years with no laws, are they ever going to get another judge?
“And the men of Kirjath-jearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines” (1 Sam 7:1-3).
The Israelites got rid of Baalima and Ashtaroth and served only God. And Samuel told them all to go to Mizpeh and he would pray for them.
When the Philistines heard that Israel went back to God they decided to attack them and the Israelites were scared.
Samuel then gave a suckling lamb as a burnt offering to God and when the Philistines came He thundered with a great thunder on them, discomfiting them so Israel smote them all the way to Beth-car.
“Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.
So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel” (1 Sam 7:12-13).
The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored; from Ekron to Gath and the coasts, and Israel and the Amorites had peace.
“And Samuel Judged Israel all the days of his life.
And he went from year to year in circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and Judged Israel in all those places.
And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he Judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD” (1 Sam 7:15-17).
When Samuel was old he made his sons, Joel and Abiah, Judges in Beer-Sheba (Abraham was the one that had named it after digging a well – Gen 21:31). But Joel and Abiah were not like Samuel.
“And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted Judgment” (1 Sam 8:3).
The elders (like City Council) were not happy with them and asked Samuel to appoint a king, so he prayed to God.
I haven’t found it in the Bible, but it has been said to be careful what you ask for.
“And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them” (1 Sam 8:7-9).
Samuel told them what God had said and then explained what the king would be like.
“…This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive yards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day” (1 Sam 8:11-19).
The people didn’t care what Samuel said, they wanted a king. Samuel again turned to God and He said, …Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king….
1 Paul had said,
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal 6:7-8).
2 Jesus had said,
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt 7:13-14).
3Jesus had said,
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve god and mammon” (Matt 6:24).
4 Jesus had said,
Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matt 7:21-23).
Izbet Sartah Ostracon
In 1 Samuel 4 Israel is encamped at Ebenezer in order to face the Philistines at Aphek, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) to the west.
Although Ebenezer’s size in debated, the site has been tentatively identified by some archaeologists as a moderate hill called Izbet Sartah.
In 1977 the lead archaeologist at Izbet Sartah, Moshe Kodavi, published in ostracon, an inscribed pottery sherd, that sheds new light upon the development of the Proto-Canaanite script used by the ancient Israelites.
The ostracon was unearthed in a storage pit in stratum II, a short-lived (approximately 20-year) level at Izbet Sartah, probably destroyed due to Philistine encroachment.
The inscription appears to have been a practice text used by someone learning the alphabet.
Not all the letters are present, and those that are do not appear in a standard order.
When compared with other inscriptions from roughly the same period, the shape and form of the letters place the ostracon in the early 12th century B.C., approximately the time Israel was fighting the Philistines in this area.
If indeed Izbet Sartah is the modern site for the Biblical Ebenezer, the ostracon may have been inscribed by an Israelite.
If this is so, this pottery fragment provides a small but intriguing archaeological glimpse into the life of 12th century Israel.
Additional finds like the Izbet Sartah ostracon may one day indicate the literacy rate among Israelites of the Late Bronze Age.