Glad you're back. For those of you joining us for the first time, don't hesitate to jump in a read and comment on what the passage spoke to you. We are only 3 days in, you have plenty of time to catch up if you want or you can start with today's reading and move forward with us. Today's reading is from 1 Samuel 5-6
These two chapters today are solely about the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant played a huge role in the lives of the Israel. When it had been captured by the Philistines in 1 Samuel 4 it was a sure sign of God's wrath against them. Much of what the Ark represented for Israel was their identity. The Ark is where God's presence resided with them. In it were the 10 commandments, Aaron's rod, and manna from the wilderness.
When the Philistines get the Ark in their own land they begin to realize that it is not what they expected. Their god Dagon's statue had fallen down overnight in the temple as if in reverence to God. They eventually decide to get rid of it because people are getting tumors, getting sick, and growing more fearful. They send the Ark back to Israel and even there 70 men died for looking inside the Ark. This is when the passage that resonated with me the most shows up. They say, "Who is able to stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God?"
I love that question? Only those who are holy can stand before a holy God.
What are your thoughts from these passages? I'm interested to hear.