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Week 13 Day 5
How low can you go!
defeated in battle
questions--Why? How could this happen?
the last resort
bring in the ark
the visible symbol
of God's presence and covenant
another very great slaughter
the ark was captured
and taken by the enemy
the only two sons of the priest were killed
their judge and leader for 40 years
died without warning.
When bad news strikes
some view the bad news
as the totality of life
and are overwhelmed
Others view bad news
as a bad day--
one day in a much larger
scheme of things
there will be other days
THE ARK Captured by the enemy and then returned. I Samuel 4, 5 & 6
1Israel went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Ebenezer. 2The Philistines put themselves in battle array, and Israel was defeated. The Philistines killed about four thousand men. 3When the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh, when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies."
5When the ark of the covenant came into the camp, all Israel
shouted so loudly that the earth shook. 6When the Philistines
heard the noise, they said, "What does this great shout in the
camp of the Hebrews mean?" 7So the Philistines were afraid,
for they said, "God has come into the camp!" And they said,
"Woe to us! For such a thing has never happened before.''
10So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated. There
was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand
foot soldiers. 11The ark of God was captured; and the two sons
of Eli died. 12Then a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line
and came to Shiloh. 18When he made mention of the ark of God, Eli fell off the seat backward by the side of the gate; and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years.
2The Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the
house of Dagon. 3When the people arose in the morning, there
was Dagon, fallen on its face before the ark. 7When the men
saw how it was, they said, "The ark must not remain with us, for
His hand is harsh. Let the ark be carried away to Gath." 9After
they had carried it away, the Lord was against that city. 10So
they sent the ark to Ekron. The Ekronites cried out, 11"Send
away the ark of the God of Israel, let it go back to its own place."
For there was deadly destruction throughout all the city.
10The men did so; they took two milk cows and hitched them
to the cart. 11They set the ark on the cart. 13The people of
Beth Shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest; and lifted their
eyes and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. 14They split the
wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the
Lord. 21They sent messengers, saying, "The Philistines have
brought back the ark; come down." 1They brought it into the
house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son
to keep the ark of the Lord; 2it was there twenty years. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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