The Ark Comes Home.

The Ark was returned to the Hebrew people in a city called Beth-Shemesh. At first, all goes well with the people of Beth-Shemesh (1 Samuel 6:18-21) . After a seven month absence, the Ark has returned with no assistance from any of the Hebrew people. The Philistines didn’t destroy the Ark and they did not ask for a ransom to return it. God returned the Ark, and for his people it was a delightful surprise.

However, as if the Ark had not been through enough, curiosity overcame the people of Beth-Shemesh and they looked inside of the Ark of the Lord. This is a dreadful mistake prohibited by the Lord. It is tragic that such a joyful times were ruined again by a selfish decision. The Bibe says, “The people mourned because the Lord struck them with a great slaughter.”

The tragedy for the people of Beth-Shemesh was the same as it was for the pagan followers at Ashdod, Gath, and Ekron. Instead of a precious, joy filled, chief cornerstone for building faith, through their disobedience the Ark had become a stumbling block of wrongdoing. The Ark had brought nothing but disaster and grief. They wanted nothing to do with it (1 Samuel 6:19).

As they mourned their great loss, the people of Beth-Shemesh informed the people of Kiriath-jearim, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the Lord.” Then they asked them to, “Come down and get it.” (1 Samuel 6:21)

By | 2018-05-14T07:17:23+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 20 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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