The Ark of the Covenant found ... at DragonCon!!! Photo by Olaf Gradin
Retrieving the Ark of the Covenant (Chapter 7) - Since last time, the Philistines have been in a mad dash to rid themselves of the Ark of the Covenant, which has brought nothing but suffering to them. In Chapter 7, the Ark finds itself in an old house in the town of Kirjathjearim, where it stays for about 20 years!
Finally, Samuel suggests to the Israelites that if they give up the gods Baalim and Ashtaroth, then Yahweh will free them from the Philistines. So, the Israelites drop the two other gods and begin worshiping Yahweh fervently.
After the Israelites do this, Samuel then asks the Israelites to gather in the valley of Mizpeh. Whent he Philistines get word of this movement, they send men out to deal with what they think was an attempt at rebellion by the already beaten Israelite people.
However, after praying to Yahweh and after Samuel sacrifices a young lamb, God takes out all the Philistines who rose up against the Israelites and the chapter ends very quickly after that.