I pray that you all are in a blessed space and walking with the Lord as you are going about your day. Today we are in chapter 6 of I Samuel. Before we get in to the word let me introduce myself it has been awhile.
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I Samuel Chapter 6
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Verse 1- 6
The Ark of the Lord had been in Philistine for seven months, the philistines called priests and diviners together to figure out what to do about the Ark of the Lord and how to send it back to where it belongs. The priest answered them telling the philistines that they should not send the Ark back empty but with guilt offerings. The philistines asked what guilt offerings should be sent back, they were told five gold tumors and five gold rats. this represented the tumors and rats that were destroying there country. This should be done in hopes that God would lift his hand from their people.
In the earlier chapters we learned that the Ark was captured by the philistines after the Israelite’s took it with them in hopes of being prosperous in a war. After the Ark was captured the Philistines were plagued with tumors on their bodies. After misfortune in five cities they were more than ready to send the ark back in hopes of survival.
The priest told the philistines to get a cart and put two mother cows and take away the calves. Put the Ark of the Lord on the cart, then put the gold tumors and rats in a chest behind it. The priest told the philistines if the cart goes up to Beth She-mesh, then it was the Lord who has brought the disaster on them, if it doesn’t go toward Beth She-mesh then the Lord had nothing to do with it.The philistines did as the priest told them to do, and the cart went straight to Beth shemesh the rulers of philistine followed them to the border of Beth Shemesh.
So the priest told the philistines to give God an offering of gold idols of their misfortune and then see where the cart takes the Ark. The cart goes straight to Beth Shemesh displaying the power of the God of Israel. This showed the philistines the power of God.
Verse 13 – 21
The people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting wheat when they saw the cart with the Ark coming they were happy at the sight of the Ark. The Ark stopped at a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as burnt offerings to God. The rulers of Philistine saw them sacrifice the cows as an offerings and returned to Ekron the same day.
The word says that the Gold tumors represented the cities that suffered while the Ark was among them (Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron). The Large rock that the Ark was placed on served as a witness in the field of Joshua of Beth she-mesh.
The Lord struck some men in Beth She-mesh because they had looked inside the Ark. The people were in mourning and didn’t want the Ark in their presence, so the sent a messenger to Kiriath Jearim to come get it. The men of Kiriath Jearim went to Beth Shemesh and retrieved the ark. They took the Ark to Abinadab’s house and consecrated Eleazer his son to guard the Ark of the Lord.
The Ark was not to be looked inside of or the would die (Numbers 4:20) only the Levites were allowed to move the Ark. The men of Beth Shemesh died do to their disobedience and the Lord carried out his judgement.
when we think of the presence of God we know that his love and power is with us. this book is in the old testament and Jesus did not come down to dwell among the people yet. we are blessed to be able to be forgiven and not die from God’s judgement. It’s important for us to be pleasing to God in our christian walk it is apart of the foundation of faith. If we know that the Lord has said don’t go left and we go left then we are to expect that we will have consequences in not heeding to the word of the Lord. Make sure when youb are walking this life to follow instructions in the direction that you need to go. yes! we fall short at times but just like the men of Kiriath Jearim came and brought the Ark to Abinadabs house the Lord will send someone who is able to place you were you belong.
Now for the most Important part If you are looking for salvation and to be in the presence of the Lord. Download the free bible app, google, or turn your bible to Romans 10:9 and confess with your mouth and believe with your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. get in to a daily ritual of reading the word of the Lord and allow the presence of God to fill your life. Be Blessed.