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April 3, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 4 (ESV)

And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.

Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. And when the people came to 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 here from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.....Continue Reading

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  1. What a sad chapter. It certainly shows us that symbol without substance doesn’t work. You can’t use the ark of the covenant as a good luck charm when you are not seeking relationship, fellowship and obedience with the God of the covenant. Yet how many people do that. Relying on God when there is a need but not pursuing Him and His will in their lives. Notice that the Philistines are aware of God and His power. They know what He did in Egypt. How sad that they think they can bolster up the troops, “have courage men” and thereby defeat the God of the ark. But God has a lesson to teach the people of Israel about his lack of presence with them, especially because of the wickedness of Eli’s sons. And he allows the ark to be captured. And yet the word of the Lord is fulfilled: Eli and his sons die.

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