The Return of the Lost Ark The feast of the visitation recalls St. Luke’s account of Our Blessed Mother’s visit to Elizabeth. They put the ark of the Lord on the cart, and the box with the gold mice and the images of their tumors. The Ark of Return: A Virtual Visit. 19And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the Lord. In response to COVID-19, and in the interest of safety, visits by the public to United Nations Headquarters have been suspended until further notice. The Ark Returned to Israel 1 Samuel 6 1 Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. The Ark of the Covenant was a symbol of the Spirit of God and His presence at the Mercy Seat. 5So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel. The Ark Is Returned And Samuel Leads Israel. Where the Ark was, the Jews believed, there was God. Interestingly, Revelation 11:19 mentions the ark as being in heaven: “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark … These are the golden tumors that the Philistines returned as a guilt offering to the, and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and unwalled villages. 1 Now the ark of the Lord had been in the country of the Philistines seven months. After he had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed? The ark of the Lord was not good to the Philistines. -  The Clergy Stuff Team, Copyright © 2016 - 2020 Clergy Stuff™ –  8621 Poplar Bridge Curve, Bloomington Minnesota  55437 - USA, All images are licensed under Creative Commons Global CC0 - Freely-given content, globally without restrictions, Clergy Stuff, 8621 Poplar Bridge Curve, Bloomington, MN, 55437, United States. And the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices on that day to the Lord. 14The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh and stopped there. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. 20Then the men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God? The great stone beside which they set down the ark of the Lord is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh. The great stone beside which they set down the ark of the, And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the, Then the men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the, So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath-jearim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the. Either way, it seems God has caused a great deal of suffering. The ark of the Lord was not good to the Philistines. David could have only brought the Ark back to Jerusalem after he started reigning over Jerusalem. (Chapter 6) David gathered 30,000 of the best men and went to get the Ark of God (Ark of the Covenant). Only in Christ can we safely and securely stand before the Lord. Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? The next morning, they found their idol face down in front of the Ark. They turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh. We look forward to providing high quality resources for your worship community. © 1994 - 2020 Truth For Life. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the Lord? The gold tumors were likely representations of the plague God had sent them, maybe the bubonic plague or bites from camel spiders. All Rights Reserved. New in NYC. When they looked up and saw the ark, they went with rejoicing to meet it. Then the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Then send it off and let it go its way 9 and watch. It was carried on a cart pulled by cows It was sent down the river in a boat The Philistines carried it by hand It was strapped to a chariot and pushed down a hill . Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. 7Now 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. God said He would go in front of David and strike at the Philistine camp. a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 16 The five rulers of the Philistines saw it and returned to Ekron that same day. Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley. The Ark of the Covenant was carried about the city with them as the Children of Israel marched. We were greeted by Dogma, who informed the rest of the household of our arrival. 1The ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went. Adapted by Marsyas - Gill/Gillerman slides collection (Yale), Public Domain. They put the ark on a new cart. Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley. It arrives at Beth Shemesh (‘Temple of the Sun’) where the Israelites … Site Map. Our heritage, offerings, and endeavors can’t save us from His wrath. God's role in all this was to work to be reunited with God's people. The answer will be shown in 60 seconds. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! The gold mice were likely representations of a rat infestation sent by God. They included gold tumors and gold mice as a guilt offering. Then send it off and let it go its way 9and watch. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, 16And when the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron. 2And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? But is it God's fault, really? 3 They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; … Perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land. The Return of the Ark: How to Get God Back into Our Lives (8 of 34) Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places Ivor Powell I Samuel 7:2 Four chapters in the first book of Samuel express the history of the Hebrew nation. Saul left the stage of history by the hand of the Amalekite – one of the nations he had disobediently spared. God may be the deliverer of consequences, but the consequences are ours because we are the actors of the sin. The ark could soon be emptied, and humanity could begin to establish itself again in the world. The Rebellious Response: What to do with the Ark (6:1-2) a) The Ark was in the country of the Philistines for Seven Months (v.1) why? The listening queue will play items sequentially from the "Up Next" list below. God does not cause suffering. 15 Then the Levites took down the ark of Yahweh and the container that was beside it, in which were the gold objects, and they set them on the large stone. It's easy to blame God for the suffering, but when we take a step back, we can see it is the people's actions, not God's, that set in motion the events that led to suffering. After keeping the Ark for seven months, the Philistines decided to return it to the Israelites together with offerings of expensive gifts upon the advice of their diviners and priests. Membership Meeting Planners Press & Media Travel Trade Back to Top. After he had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed? It vanished after Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. Policies New in NYC What's Open in NYC All in NYC: Staycation Guides Coronavirus Information All In NYC: Stay Well Pledge Recovery Coalition. Jonathan fell with his father, Saul, on Mount Gilboa, and David lamented over both. 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13 – We now follow David from the scenes of his exile to those of his government. The dove had no need to return to the ark, since it had found a home on land. 6Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? From Genesis 7:11 to 8:14, we know that the flood lasted a total of one year and ten days. Then you will be healed and will be ransomed; will not his hand then turn from you?” And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five gold tumors and five gold mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines; for the same plague was upon all of you and upon your lords. 17These are the golden tumors that the Philistines returned as a guilt offering to the Lord: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron, 18and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and unwalled villages. Now then, get ready a new cart and two milch cows that have never borne a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them. The men did so; they took two milch cows and yoked them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. All rights reserved. It also promotes a greater recognition of the significant contributions that enslaved people and their descendants have made in their societies. and watch. The Ark Returned to Israel. And when the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron. God’s sovereignty is shown in the way he brings the Ark back to Israel and in the way he brings victory over the Philistines. If the Ark was in Egypt—à la the plotline of Raiders of the Lost Ark—the Levites would not have possessed it and therefore could not have returned it.) Those twenty years are significant because they include the full judgeship of Samuel, the reign of Saul, and the first seven and half years of David’s reign. The Ark was brought back to Beit Shemesh and then transported to Kiryat Yearim, where it stayed for twenty years (I … 10The men did so, and took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh and stopped there. Ark of Return. If it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm, but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by coincidence.”. 8And take the ark of the Lord and place it on the cart and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. At that time, the Lord gave the instructions how the Children of Israel should take Jericho. After he had made fools of them, did they not let the people go, and they departed? 3 They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt offering. tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place. The Ark Returned to Israel 1 The ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. A great stone was there. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. The Ark is Returned We jumped seven months into the future, alighting at the tomb of Samson. They set the idol back up, but the next morning it was on […] The gold tumors were likely representations of the plague God had sent them, maybe the bubonic plague or bites from camel spiders. We have earned them. The Return of the Ark (6:1-21) 1. (2 Sam 6:1-15). Truth For Life is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. It's a powerful reminder about slavery and its terrible legacies, including racism. The Philistine captivity of the Ark was an episode described in the biblical history of the Israelites, in which the Ark of the covenant was in the possession of the Philistines, who had captured it after defeating the Israelites in a battle at a location between Eben-ezer, where the Israelites encamped, and Aphek (probably Antipatris), where the Philistines encamped. Walking us through the twists and turns of this story, Alistair Begg reminds us that God judges those who violate His plans and is not to be tested. How was the ark returned? 2 And the Philistines a called for the priests and the diviners, saying, "What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? 12And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went. The Philistines suffered because they stole God from the Israelites. When they finally realized it was God that was behind the plagues and infestations, they returned the ark of the covenant to the Israelites. Next Trivia Question >> Similar Trivia Questions. Advertisement. 6 When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months, … Or do we read it from the perspective of the Israelites, who suffered until they remembered the power of God? Videos cannot be added to the listen queue at this time. To Remember: David seeks ways to please God Lesson 2 Samuel 6-9 Lesson Text: Soon David made his plans to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Take the ark of the Lord and place it on the cart, and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. THE RETURN OF THE ARK. The temporary sojourn of the ark brought numerous blessings on the house of Obed-edom. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. The Ark is returned to the Israelites 1 Sam 6:1-18 After seven months of death and disease, the Ark is put on a new wagon drawn by two oxen. Thank you! | It is driven out of Ekron and left to go on its own. And to whom shall he go up away from us?” 21So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath-jearim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the Lord. You can actually walk through the ark. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the, 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. 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. Then send it off, and let it go its way. Because they were reluctant to give up such a wonderful “trophy” of what … We can surrender to the peace and healing God offers. This could have been as early as 7.5 years into his reign. The Israelites put the Ark in the house of Abinidab where it remained for twenty years. Sippore flew high into the sky, while we walked the short distance to the house of Manoah. The Ark served as the focal point of Jewish religious practices from shortly after leaving Egyptian captivity, during their 40 years waiting to enter the promised land, and through the reign of King Solomon. Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world. Transporting the Ark Man's Way (6:3-10) Apparently, David didn't seek the Lord -- or read the Torah -- … If it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm, but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by coincidence.”. A great stone was there. The Return of the Ark Bible Story And the ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. God is not the cause of the suffering. A large stone was there; so they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord.The Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was beside it, in which were the gold objects, and set them upon the large stone. Truth For Life is the teaching ministry of Alistair Begg and is committed to teaching the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted, believers will be established, and local churches will be strengthened. Then the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings, and they made sacrifices to Yahweh on that day. They included gold tumors and gold mice as a guilt offering. 8 And take the ark of the Lord and place it on the cart and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. When they finally realized it was God that was behind the plagues and infestations, they returned the ark of the covenant to the Israelites. 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