God’s glory had not left. And to whom shall it go up from us?” So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God, : In their disrespect for God, the men of Beth Shemesh offended the holiness of the LORD. We know the plague involved tumors (1 Samuel 5:6, 9, 12). Take two milk cows which have never been yoked: Here, the Philistines conducted an experiment. It made them want to distance themselves from God. b. They not only lost the battle, they lost the ark as well (1 Samuel 4). ii. By nature, two milk cows which have never been yoked, should not pull a cart at all, instead they should have resisted their yokes. What is most interesting is the method they chose to transport the ark back to Israelite territory. “God winked at it in them, both because they were ignorant of God’s law to the contrary, and because they had no Levites to carry it upon their shoulders.” (Poole). b. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Whatever the reason, the men of Kirjath Jearim received the ark and it stayed there for many years until King David brought it to the city of Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). b. As it says in 1 Peter 1:16, God calls us to be holy, for I am holy. d. And you shall give glory to the God of Israel: Acknowledging God’s judgment is one way to give glory to the God of Israel. 1 Samuel 6 [[[[[1SAM 6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. They longed for their calves at home, yet they still did the will of God. When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, that they might depart?”, What shall we do with the ark of the LORD. Men are almost always reluctant to repent, and they guard against repenting “unnecessarily.”. God is in fact holy and Who is able indeed? is not a cause, but God is the great cause. The “maternal instinct” of the cows would draw them not towards the land of Israel, but back home to their own calves. Whether or not it lands heads or tails is due to the strength of the flip, the force of air currents and air pressure as it flies through the air, where it is caught, and if it is flipped over once caught. We live in a cause and effect world. : In one sense, the men of Beth Shemesh showed a bad heart in asking this question. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . e. Perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land: The Philistines admitted that the God of Israel judged their gods and had jurisdiction over their lands. i. 7:4-16). iii. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. They said, “We know these plagues were not accidents. Even in a purely self-interested sense, it isn’t smart to harden your heart against the LORD. : For the men of Beth Shemesh, the holiness of God was a problem, a problem that could be fixed by putting distance between themselves and God. What shall we do with the ark of the LORD: When the Philistines first captured the Ark of the Covenant, they thought it was a great victory but as time went on the Philistines began to regard the ark as a burden, not as a trophy. SAMUEL-1 SUMMARY. Certainly, they were curious about what was in the ark, but they didn’t let their curiosity lead them into sin. It can take a long time before we realize the futility of resisting God. Then the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices the same day to the LORD. Then the cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there; a large stone, there. Because they were reluctant to give up such a wonderful “trophy” of what they at first felt was a great victory over the God of Israel. When men encounter the holiness of God, they are not necessarily attracted to it. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Holiness is part of the new man we are in Jesus (Ephesians 4:24), and we are invited to be partakers – sharers of Jesus’ holiness (Hebrews 12:10). The people of Israel selfishly chose Saul to rule over them as king (1 Sam. The ark didn’t have “handles” and was not to be carried by lifting it directly in one’s hands. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” We need to respect the fact that God is God and we are not, and there are some things we just will not, and should not, know. The test was simple and stacked against God. 1 Samuel Chapter 3 centers on the Lord calling on Samuel, but Samuel thinks it is Eli calling him instead. He was also a *prophet and a priest. (between May and June), they knew the God of Israel was alive. 1. 2. 1. We were not told in 1 Samuel 5 that the plague involved, were the result of bubonic plague, carried by. to return the ark, including a test to see if the judgment was from God or by chance. How was the Ark handled? a. Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts. The Israelites and the Philistines both resisted Him, so the LORD found a few cows to show His glory through. They are Hannah, Eli, Samuel, Saul, Jonathan, and David. Pure chance, absolutely free but blind, at the very root of the stupendous edifice of evolution.”. Key personalities include Eli, Hannah, Samuel, Saul, Jonathan, and David. When people don’t believe there is a loving God who sits enthroned in the heavens and has a good plan for our lives, you can’t blame them for being afraid, for being proud, for being miserable. : They felt something like the disciples felt on the day they saw the resurrected Jesus, because they felt they received God back to them from the dead. : When the Philistines first captured the Ark of the Covenant, they thought it was a great victory but as time went on the Philistines began to regard the ark as a burden, not as a trophy. 7. (10-18) The people smitten for looking into the ark. The Philistines consult how to send back the ark. (19) The men of Beth Shemesh profane God’s holiness. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} 1 Samuel 6. Your email address will not be published. When Peter saw the holy power of Jesus he said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8). And watch: if it goes up the road to its own territory, to Beth Shemesh, He has done us this great evil. Some things just happen and have no great eternal purpose that we can discern. Samuel *anointed Saul, the first king of *Israel. People who are otherwise intelligent often fall into this delusion. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. ii. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there: After being guided for some ten miles from the Philistine city, without stopping or going to one side or the other, the ark then stopped in Israelite land, at the exact field of one chosen man. 3. c. Put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side: The Philistines were wise enough to not open the Ark of the Covenant and set the articles of gold in the ark itself. They didn’t meander around the way; they went straight where they were supposed to go. i. So they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD. c. Five golden tumors and five golden rats: The specific offering recognizes that it was the LORD who brought the plague upon the Philistines. : God never wanted the ark to be transported by a cart. We live in a cause and effect world, and chance is not a cause, but God is the great cause. Their question was not, “How can we be made right with a holy God,” but it was “Who can we give this problem to so the holiness of God is no longer a burden to us?”, They sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, : We don’t know why they picked this village. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Bible: The Old Testament and what it means. And to whom shall it go up from us?” So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up with you.”. Their reaction isn’t recorded, but they must have been persuaded. Cows and carts were expensive property. The Study Bookmark for 1 Samuel: [ view sample ] 1 per page [ pdf ] 4 per page [ pdf ] Introduction. 4. Who was sanctified to take care of the Ark? Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh: They should not have done this. Then take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”. So they set up an elaborate and difficult test for God to fulfill, and they personally observed to see if God would indeed meet the test. 5. It is sad to consider that the Philistines showed more honor to the holiness of God than the Israelites. b. When the disciples on another occasion saw the holy Jesus shining forth at the transfiguration, they were greatly afraid (Matthew 17:6). Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, : They should not have done this. We were not told in 1 Samuel 5 that the plague involved rats. ii. The next two chapters (5-6) of 1 Samuel are the account of how God plagued the Philistines, so that they finally decided they did not want the ark among them. The book of 2 Samuel records the life of David as king. i. But the Israelites. . The Israelites receive it, ver. “We cannot come to any other conclusion than that the number 50,000 is neither correct nor genuine, but a gloss [marginal note] which has crept into the text through some oversight.” (Keil and Delitszch), And the men of Beth Shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? You can also change some of your preferences. I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. Though God is holy, though He is apart from us, instead of building a wall around His apartness, God calls us to come to Him and share His apartness. : The Israelites were careful to let the Levites handle the ark, as was commanded by the law (Numbers 4:1-6, 15). When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, that they might depart?”. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? i. When Carl Sagan petitioned the federal government for a grant to search for intelligent life in outer space, he hoped to find it by using a super sensitive instrument to pick up radio signals from distant space. In 1 Samuel Chapter 6, the Ark of the Covenant has been in Philistine hands for seven months and they are suffering from it being in their presence. They should head back for their Philistine homes out of concern for their young calves. iii. They split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering. The Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the chest that. So when the five lords of the Philistines had seen, , they returned to Ekron the same day. i. Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? c. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people: The manuscript evidence is pretty clear that the number recorded originally in the text was seventy, not fifty thousand and seventy. Others think the rats were part of another plague or calamity mentioned in 1 Samuel 5:11: For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. 1 Samuel chapter 7; 7:1 - The ark in Kiriath Jearim; 7:2-6 - Israel’s people decide to serve God again; 7:7-9 - The Philistines attack Israel at Mizpah; 7:10-11 - How God used a storm to win a battle; 7:12 - About the name: EBENEZER; 7:13-17 - Samuel, Israel’s judge 1 Samuel chapter 8; 8:1-6 - … b. Lowing as they went: This means the cows were not especially happy. Though this way of transporting the ark was prohibited by the law, God excused them because of their ignorance of His law. at all? Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. And the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. And they set the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the chest with the gold rats and the images of their tumors. 19 - 21. Samuel reproves and exhorts the people, and gathers them together at Mizpeh, where they fast and pray, and confess their sins, 1 Samuel 7:3-6. i. As the cows went on the road back to Israel, we can imagine the Israelites mourning over the loss of the ark. We live in a cause and effect world, and. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. 1. 3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord!They took Dagon and put him back in his place. i. Therefore, they knew they should do something to express their sorrow and repentance before the LORD. – that God is separate, different from His creation, both in His essential nature and in the perfection of His attributes. The test was simple and stacked against God. But Saul did not obey God. i. They longed for their calves at home, yet they still did the will of God. a trespass offering in a chest by its side. By nature, two milk cows which have never been yoked should not pull a cart at all, instead they should have resisted their yokes. They confessed that He was Almighty God, yet they did not worship Him instead of their gods. “But wicked men will sooner believe the most uncertain and ridiculous things, than own the visible demonstrations of God’s power and providence.” (Poole). Of course, God was never dead and had never left them. (10-12) Against all expectation, the cows go the land of Israel. went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. : After being guided for some ten miles from the Philistine city, without stopping or going to one side or the other, the ark then stopped in Israelite land, at the exact field of one chosen man. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. i. 1 Samuel chapter 6 KJV (King James Version) 1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.. 2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there. When the disciples on another occasion saw the holy Jesus shining forth at the transfiguration, they were greatly afraid (Matthew 17:6). The world needs: 1. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. A summary of 1 Samuel 6 from @biblesummary. Sounds simple enough. The house of Israel lamented for the _____. They thought all the calamity of the plagues was from the LORD God of Israel, but they were not 100% sure. But nothing happens by chance. The ark removed from Kirjath-jearim. A summary of Part X (Section8) in 's Bible: The Old Testament. Take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart: God never wanted the ark to be transported by a cart. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. What does the number "seven" mean? the trespass offering which we shall return to Him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden rats, the number of the lords of the Philistines. First, they offered female animals to the LORD, which was forbidden (Leviticus 1:3; 22:19). . Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. Some think the tumors were the result of bubonic plague, carried by rats. So they set up an elaborate and difficult test for God to fulfill, and they personally observed to see if God would indeed meet the test. in the ark itself. Jacques Monod, a biochemist, wrote: “Chance, is at the source of every innovation, of all creation in the biosphere. 2. (1 Samuel 6:9). | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Sitemap. After being raised by the priest Eli in temple, Samuel becomes God's number one prophet. Then send it away, and let it go. Therefore you shall make images of your tumors and images of your rats that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land. Two cows who never pulled a cart before, either alone or together. On this day as they were. Where did the men come from to get the Ark? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place. The Philistines devised a test that “forced” the God of Israel to do something miraculous to demonstrate He really was the cause of the plagues. Next » Chapter 7. Perhaps they had good relations with these men and thought they would take good care of the ark. to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh. Click on the different category headings to find out more. These, the golden tumors which the Philistines returned. Additionally, they decided to. We were not told in 1 Samuel 5 that the plague involved rats. ii. Basically, the Hebrew grammar can mean that out of fifty thousand men, God struck seventy of them. Pure chance, absolutely free but blind, at the very root of the stupendous edifice of evolution.”. , but it didn’t make them want to be closer to God. Saul hunts David out of jealousy (1 Sa 21–31). a. i. Holiness is not so much achieved through our own efforts, but it is received as we are new men and women in Jesus. (1-9) They bring it to Bethshemesh. would be healed as a conditional, promise. The people of Beth - shemesh, smitten for looking into the ark, desire those of Kirjath - jearim to fetch it, ver. Beth Shemesh was a priestly city (Joshua 21:16), so priests were on hand. Christians can get off track by trying to see a message from God in everything. 6. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. God is still on His throne! Then send it away, and let it go. Beth Shemesh was a priestly city (Joshua 21:16), so priests were on hand. The primary idea behind holiness is not moral purity (though the idea includes moral purity), but it is the idea of. Moses told the priests to lead the ark into battle against the Midianites (Numbers 31:6). Additionally, they decided to take their calves home, away from them. 4. 16:1-13), who, although he also falls (2 Sam. Many people think things happen by chance. Then the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices the same day to the LORD. Perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land. (16-18) The offering from the Philistines included with the ark. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.” Then they said, “What is the trespass offering which we shall return to Him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden rats, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.” Then they said, “What. Now they knew the LORD was holy, but it didn’t make them want to be closer to God. i. 5. Perhaps they had bad relations with them and wanted the LORD to curse them. (6-11) David brings the ark to Zion. The “maternal instinct” of the cows would draw them not towards the land of Israel, but back home to their own calves. a trespass offering to the LORD: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron; and the golden rats, the number of all the cities of the Philistines, fortified cities and country villages, even as far as the large. Then take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him. God’s glory had not left anywhere! How long did the Ark remain in Kirjath-jearim? Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. For the same plague was on all of you and on your lords. When men encounter the holiness of God, they are not necessarily attracted to it. The Ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines _____ months. And the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh. Tell us how we should send it to its place.” So they said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but by all means return it to Him with a trespass offering. Chance doesn’t “do” anything other than describe a probability. Realizing that nothing happens by chance should not make us think every event is full of important meaning from God. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, : “This root indicates an intense aversion which is expressed often in punitive or adverse action.”, ii. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. The men of Beth Shemesh sinned by not only touching the ark, but also looking into it inappropriately. A summary of 1 Samuel, chapter by chapter, from @biblesummary. Some things just happen and have no great eternal purpose that we can discern. So, God chose another king, David, who would obey him. i. In the same way, the order and pattern of the whole universe demonstrates that it was fashioned by intelligent life, not by “chance.” Scientists detect “chance” in the radio signals constantly (in the form of unpatterned static), but it tells them nothing. When the five lords of the Philistines had seen it: They wondered if all what had happened to them while they had the ark was an accident. But they, headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. We apologize to the LORD God and ask Him to turn away His anger.”. Some say the world was created by chance. We know the LORD God of Israel has caused them. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, and the people lamented because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter. But if not, then we shall know that, Take two milk cows which have never been yoked, : Here, the Philistines conducted an experiment. : The Philistines admitted that the God of Israel judged their gods and had jurisdiction over their lands. He chooses a man named Saul, and it turns out he chose… poorly. We often fail to give God this glory because we ignore His judgment or write it off as fate or bad luck. 1-10) recounts David’s solidification of power and his successes as the second king of Israel. d. And to whom shall it go up from us: For the men of Beth Shemesh, the holiness of God was a problem, a problem that could be fixed by putting distance between themselves and God. were part of another plague or calamity mentioned in 1 Samuel 5:11: For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there, And you shall give glory to the God of Israel, : Acknowledging God’s judgment is one way to. Abel on which they set the ark of the LORD. 1 st Samuel is a story of Narrative History and includes a great deal of Drama. c. They split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering: They knew this was the right thing to do in honor to God, yet it really cost them something. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. No driver led them, yet they left home, and marched the ten miles or so to a city they had never been to. 1 Samuel chapter 1 KJV (King James Version) 1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:. : The specific offering recognizes that it was the LORD who brought the plague upon the Philistines. 1 Samuel 1:20 Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for heard by God. There are certain profound global lessons for us in the setting up of the kingdom. Holiness is not so much something we have, as much as it is something that has us. “As we go forth into the world, let us believe that the movement of all things is towards the accomplishment of God’s purpose.” (Meyer). Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD: The Ark of the Covenant was only to be touched and handled by specific Levites from the family of Kohath, and even they were commanded to not touch the ark itself (Numbers 4:15). Certainly, they were curious about what was in the ark, but they didn’t let their curiosity lead them into sin. If not, then we shall know that it is not His hand that struck us; it was by chance that it happened to us, : Is it possible that the tumors and other judgments came, . Apart from touching the poles, it was forbidden to touch the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:12-15). ii. Perhaps at that very moment they cried out to God, grieving because they thought the glory had departed. As the cows went on the road back to Israel, we can imagine the Israelites mourning over the loss of the ark. Perhaps at that very moment they cried out to God, grieving because they thought the glory had departed. 4. Who did the Philistines call together, to decide what to do about the Ark? ... Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. We often fail to give God this glory because we ignore His judgment or write it off as fate or bad luck. 2 Samuel (next book of the Bible) Ruth (previous) Judges (period of Israel’s history that ends in 1 Samuel) Samuel was the last of the judges. And watch: if it goes up the road to its own territory, to Beth Shemesh, then He has done us this great evil. i. According to their feelings, it was as if the LORD God of Israel had risen from the dead. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. 2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. First Samuel is a transitional book from the era of the judges to the kingdom. They wish to send it back. Now they knew the. It is written by the last of the Judges for which the book is named, Samuel. Men are almost always reluctant to repent, and they guard against repenting “unnecessarily.”. The ark of the covenant stayed in the country of Philistine for … The story of Samuel begins with, funnily enough, the birth of Samuel. 3. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. He did so at a time when the Lord rarely spoke to His people and imparting visions was equally rare. Perhaps they had bad relations with them and wanted the LORD to curse them. God raises up Samuel as prophet and judge (1 Sa 1–7). The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament on the ancient Hebrew word ga-ah, translated lowing: “This root indicates an intense aversion which is expressed often in punitive or adverse action.”, ii. Therefore you shall make images of your tumors and images of your rats that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land. : Aware of the Exodus account, the Philistines rightly remembered that no good comes when anyone hardens their heart against the LORD. On this day as they were reaping their wheat harvest (between May and June), they knew the God of Israel was alive. But, happens by chance. 1SAM 6:2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? i. : Because of the honor and glory of God there are things which He chooses to keep hidden, and it is wrong for men to pry into these secrets of God. i. The Israelites and the Philistines both resisted Him, so the LORD found a few cows to show His glory through. Because they looked into the ark of the LORD. Tell us how we should send it to its place.” So they said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but by all means return, a trespass offering. Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God: In one sense, the men of Beth Shemesh showed a bad heart in asking this question. . Their reaction isn’t recorded, but they must have been persuaded. 6:26-27,33-35; or from Ramathaim Zuphim. In the same way, the order and pattern of the whole universe demonstrates that it was fashioned by intelligent life, not by “chance.” Scientists detect “chance” in the radio signals constantly (in the form of unpatterned static), but it tells them, iv. Because they were reluctant to give up such a wonderful “trophy” of what they at first felt was a great victory over the God of Israel. ii. For example, when a coin is flipped, the chance that it will land “heads” is 50%. The kingdom foreshadows the coming millennial kingdom in some respects. By all means return it with a trespass offering. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. For example, when a coin is flipped, the chance that it will land “heads” is 50%. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, : The manuscript evidence is pretty clear that the number recorded originally in the text was. Israel demands a king: Saul (1 Sa 8–15). The Philistines devised a test that “forced” the God of Israel to do something miraculous to demonstrate He really was the cause of the plagues. . Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. It’s like going up on a roller coaster – you want to be there, but at the same time you don’t want to be there. These are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned as a trespass offering to the LORD: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron; and the golden rats, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and country villages, even as far as the large stone of Abel on which they set the ark of the LORD, which stone remains to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh. People who are otherwise intelligent often fall into this delusion. b. Christians can get off track by trying to see a message from God in everything. When we meet the Holy God, we are excited and afraid all at the same time. The poles were to remain inserted in the rings, and to be the source of contact with the ark. 13 - 18. It deals with the transition from the period of judges ruling in Israel to the time of kings. b. “Here they seem peevishly [angrily] to lay the blame of their sufferings upon God, as over-holy and strict: of their sins, the true cause, they say nothing; but take care to rid their hands of the ark, which they should have retained reverently.” (Trapp). The cows should resist the yoke, because they were never harnessed before. Whatever the reason, the men of. Though God is holy, though He is apart from us, instead of building a wall around His, , God calls us to come to Him and share His, . 1. It can take a long time before we realize the futility of resisting God. Now the people of Beth Shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted their eyes and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. i. 1 - 12. I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. Chapter 6. God did this because the Israelites, who had His law, should have and did know better. doesn’t “do” anything other than describe a probability. Some think the tumors were the result of bubonic plague, carried by rats. Chapter 1 Elkanah and his family go to Shiloh It was written at about 930 B.C. We know the LORD God of Israel has caused them. The ark went into battle before. Show content in: Both English Hebrew. 2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. Assigning such power to “chance” is crazy because chance has no power. iii. God didn’t leave this up to chance. Chapter Contents. : They wondered if all what had happened to them while they had the ark was an accident. Summary 1 Samuel 7: Samuel exhorts the Israelites to They, all the calamity of the plagues was from the LORD God of Israel, but they were not 100% sure. 1 When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months, 2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? It’s like going up on a roller coaster – you want to be there, but at the same time you don’t want to be there. The device of the Philistines in sending back the ark was clearly experimental; and they had no certain knowledge as to the way it would turn out. i. Not only were they headed straight for the road, they did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. More books related to 1 Samuel. 3. Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God: In their disrespect for God, the men of Beth Shemesh offended the holiness of the LORD. This is a continuation of what began in chapter … And the men of Beth Shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? Later, Saul brought the ark into battle (1 Samuel 14:18), as did David (2 Samuel 11:11). Why did they keep it seven months at all? 2. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. So when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day. Perhaps they had good relations with these men and thought they would take good care of the ark. However, “chance” does not make it land heads. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. The Book of 1 Samuel Chapter 6. We need to respect the fact that God is God and we are not, and there are some things we just will not, and should not, know. 1 Samuel Chapter 6 Summary. 1 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. 1 Samuel Chapter 7 Questions. on the large stone. We again notice God dealt with the Israelites more strictly than He dealt with the Philistines, who just transported the ark by a cart. 3. But the Israelites felt as though God was dead, and they were as desperate, discouraged, and hopeless as if He really were dead. Whether or not it lands heads or tails is due to the strength of the flip, the force of air currents and air pressure as it flies through the air, where it is caught, and if it is flipped over once caught. a. e. They sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim: We don’t know why they picked this village. Take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart. Tired of not being able to complain about what a lousy job their king is doing, Samuel (after some anointing by God) sets out to enlist a king for Israel. I have dedicated him as a Nazirite—all the days of his life.” 1 Samuel 1:23 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac your received the ark and it stayed there for many years until King David brought it to the city of Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). Their priests tell them if they send the Ark back to the Israelites, they should not send it empty but send a guilt offering along with it. The Ark Returned to Israel. i. Isaiah 55:8-9 shows this thought: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. Yet God knew both their hearts and the remarkable circumstances, and He was no doubt honored. Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. After Saul mucks up with the Philistine… The ark went in front of the marchers around the city of Jericho (Joshua 6:6-8). Even in a purely self-interested sense, it isn’t smart to harden your heart against the LORD. d. The Levites took down the ark of the LORD: The Israelites were careful to let the Levites handle the ark, as was commanded by the law (Numbers 4:1-6, 15). The Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the chest that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone. 11-24) recounts David’s sins of murder and adultery and the hard times that follow.… “Now therefore, make a new cart, take two milk cows which have never been yoked, and hitch the cows to the cart; and take their calves home, away from them. You can check these in your browser security settings. The primary idea behind holiness is not moral purity (though the idea includes moral purity), but it is the idea of apartness – that God is separate, different from His creation, both in His essential nature and in the perfection of His attributes. Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. Everywhere the people took the Ark; the people were stricken with _____. When we meet the Holy God, we are excited and afraid all at the same time. The first portion (chs. Their question made God seem too harsh instead of showing themselves to be too disobedient. a. God raises up David to be king of Israel (1 Sa 16–20). We apologize to the LORD God and ask Him to turn away His anger.”, (1 Samuel 5:6, 9, 12). Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Jacques Monod, a biochemist, wrote: “Chance alone is at the source of every innovation, of all creation in the biosphere. : The Philistine priests had enough sense to know they offended the LORD God. Instead, it was to be carried by inserting gold-overlaid wood poles into gold rings at each corner of the ark. Therefore, we should understand the statement in 1 Sam. So, they devised another test. (1-6) The priests of the Philistines suggest a way to relieve themselves of the burden of the ark. When Carl Sagan petitioned the federal government for a grant to search for intelligent life in outer space, he hoped to find it by using a super sensitive instrument to pick up radio signals from distant space. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. They didn’t meander around the way; they went straight where they were supposed to go. They should head back for their Philistine homes out of concern for their young calves. (19-21) Commentary on 1 Samuel 6:1-9 (Read 1 Samuel 6:1-9) They confessed that He was Almighty God, yet they did not worship Him instead of their gods. We know the plague involved tumors (1 Samuel 5:6, 9, 12). The second portion (chs. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. He wanted it to be carried by poles set in rings on the side of the ark (Numbers 4:15). (Luke 5:8). ii. (20-21) The men of Beth Shemesh appeal to the men of Kirjath Jearim to take the ark from them. ! (13-15) The ark is received with honor and joy at Beth Shemesh. The cows should resist the yoke, because they were never harnessed before. 11-20), receives an eternal covenant promise (2 Sam. 1 Samuel ends with the death of Saul. Second, they made a burnt offering to the LORD away from the tabernacle, which violated the command in Deuteronomy 12:5-6. as though God was dead, and they were as desperate, discouraged, and hopeless as if He really were dead. Assigning such power to “chance” is crazy because chance has no power. When people don’t believe there is a loving God who sits enthroned in the heavens and has a good plan for our lives, you can’t blame them for being, . 1 And the Ark of the Lord was in the field of the Philistines seven months. Chapter 10 of first Samuel’s writings starts with Samuel anointing the head of a young man named Saul, whom God told Samuel would be captain or king over God’s inheritance. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. 6:3 that they. Samuel-1 is the first of two historical books which describe Israel’s transition from a group of tribes to a strong and united nation. They left their own calves behind and went straight on a certain road, with never a wrong turn, never a stop, never turning aside into the fields to feed themselves, never turning back to feed their own calves. Chapter. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. The Philistines go up against them; the Israelites cry unto the Lord for help; Samuel offers sacrifices; and the Lord confounds the Philistines with thunder; Israel discomfits and pursues them to Beth-car, 1 Samuel 7:7-11 . But for those who believe in the God of the Bible, there is no excuse for fear, pride, or misery. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh. As it says in 1 Peter 1:16, God calls us to. : The Ark of the Covenant was only to be touched and handled by specific Levites from the family of Kohath, and even they were commanded to not touch the ark itself (Numbers 4:15). There are 6 who stand out in 1 Samuel. For the same plague, on all of you and on your lords. However, “chance” does not make it land heads. Cows and carts were expensive property. Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? 1 Samuel Chapter 6 Questions. 1 Samuel 1:22 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls always. : In another sense, the men of Beth Shemesh asked a good question. d. If not, then we shall know that it is not His hand that struck us; it was by chance that it happened to us: Is it possible that the tumors and other judgments came by chance? i. reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted their eyes and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see, . a. Rejoiced to see it: They felt something like the disciples felt on the day they saw the resurrected Jesus, because they felt they received God back to them from the dead. Chapter Overview: The Philistines send the ark back, ver. He wanted it to be carried by poles set in rings on the side of the ark (Numbers 4:15). They said, “We know these plagues were not accidents. Put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side, : The Philistines were wise enough to not open the Ark of the Covenant and set the. Then the men did so; they took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.

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