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April 5, 2018

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

1 Samuel 6 (ESV)

The ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us with what we shall send it to its place.” They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why his hand does not turn away from you.” And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for the same plague was on all of you and on your lords. So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel. Perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land. Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed? Now then, take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never come a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them.......Continue Reading

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  1. It is interesting that the priests of Philistia kind of get it. The ark of the covenant has to be revered, There has to be some compensation, some sacrifice to make things right with this God of the Israelites. But what they miss is it needs to be a sacrifice of blood. It is not about wealth but about life given to compensate for sin. But they do understand it is a guilt offering here. And how great it is that the ark returns to Israel because God made it so. He did not need the Israelites to go capture it again. Unlike Dagon, our God doesn’t need our help.

    Now the Israelites understand the need for a blood sacrifice. But 70 of them don’t get “Don’t look inside the ark!”

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