Samuel was the messenger of God’s liberation of the seed of Abraham from bondage to the corrupt priests, the sons of Eli, and from the Philistines, who had slaughtered the Israelites in battle. He is traditionally named alongside Moses as a great intercessor. When the nation faced continuing threats from the Philistines, he courageously led the people in a spiritual revival, exhorting them to “return unto the LORD with all your hearts” and to “put away the strange gods.” The people repented and beseeched Samuel not to cease calling upon the LORD to save them. As he was praying and offering sacrifices, a violent thunderstorm was unleashed, allowing the Israelites to overtake their enemies. The Philistines never rose again in the days of Samuel.
- I Sam. 7:3.