Israel had fallen out of favor with the Lord, and when the Philistines attacked Israel the Lord let the Philistines destroy Israel,
“So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died” (1 Samuel 4:10-11).
Look at what the Philistines did! They killed thirty-thousand Israelites, captured the ark of God, and killed the sons of Eli the high priest!
When God’s people forsake Him, or fail to keep His commandments, they suffer horribly.
May the church learn from the example of Israel.