Assigning such power to “chance” is crazy because chance has no power. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, : “This root indicates an intense aversion which is expressed often in punitive or adverse action.”, ii. So, they devised another test. It is written by the last of the Judges for which the book is named, Samuel. The people of Beth - shemesh, smitten for looking into the ark, desire those of Kirjath - jearim to fetch it, ver. Then the cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there; a large stone was there. Holiness is part of the new man we are in Jesus (Ephesians 4:24), and we are invited to be partakers – sharers of Jesus’ holiness (Hebrews 12:10). : Aware of the Exodus account, the Philistines rightly remembered that no good comes when anyone hardens their heart against the LORD. : In another sense, the men of Beth Shemesh asked a good question. Yet God knew both their hearts and the remarkable circumstances, and He was no doubt honored. i. But Saul did not obey God. The test was simple and stacked against God. Second, they made a burnt offering to the LORD away from the tabernacle, which violated the command in Deuteronomy 12:5-6. More books related to 1 Samuel. As it says in 1 Peter 1:16, God calls us to be holy, for I am holy. He wanted it to be carried by poles set in rings on the side of the ark (Numbers 4:15). 13 - 18. As the cows went on the road back to Israel, we can imagine the Israelites mourning over the loss of the ark. How was the Ark handled? (12-19) Michal's ill conduct. We live in a cause and effect world. Chance doesn’t “do” anything other than describe a probability. Their question made God seem too harsh instead of showing themselves to be too disobedient. c. Five golden tumors and five golden rats: The specific offering recognizes that it was the LORD who brought the plague upon the Philistines. So they set up an elaborate and difficult test for God to fulfill, and they personally observed to see if God would indeed meet the test. We live in a cause and effect world, and chance is not a cause, but God is the great cause. the trespass offering which we shall return to Him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden rats, the number of the lords of the Philistines. . And the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh. 1 Samuel ends with the death of Saul. c. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people: The manuscript evidence is pretty clear that the number recorded originally in the text was seventy, not fifty thousand and seventy. Cows and carts were expensive property. God raises up Samuel as prophet and judge (1 Sa 1–7). 1 Samuel Chapter 3 centers on the Lord calling on Samuel, but Samuel thinks it is Eli calling him instead. Because they were reluctant to give up such a wonderful “trophy” of what they at first felt was a great victory over the God of Israel. How long did the Ark remain in Kirjath-jearim? Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? i. went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. According to their feelings, it was as if the LORD God of Israel had risen from the dead. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. The next two chapters (5-6) of 1 Samuel are the account of how God plagued the Philistines, so that they finally decided they did not want the ark among them. The first portion (chs. But if not, then we shall know that, Take two milk cows which have never been yoked, : Here, the Philistines conducted an experiment. 6. Many of the thrill-seeking pleasures of our modern world are simply weak attempts to imitate the fulfillment we can only find by meeting the Holy God. God is in fact holy and Who is able indeed? Additionally, they decided to. We live in a cause and effect world, and. a trespass offering in a chest by its side. The Israelites receive it, ver. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? (16-18) The offering from the Philistines included with the ark. 1 Samuel chapter 6 KJV (King James Version) 1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.. 2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? b. You can also change some of your preferences. tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place. Chapter 10 of first Samuel’s writings starts with Samuel anointing the head of a young man named Saul, whom God told Samuel would be captain or king over God’s inheritance. He was also a *prophet and a priest. 2. Then the men did so; they took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. 1 Samuel 1:22 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls always. And to whom shall it go up from us?” So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God, : In their disrespect for God, the men of Beth Shemesh offended the holiness of the LORD. So they set up an elaborate and difficult test for God to fulfill, and they personally observed to see if God would indeed meet the test. Summary 1 Samuel 6: The Philistines return the ark to the people of Beth Shemesh. The house of Israel lamented for the _____. They longed for their calves at home, yet they still did the will of God. “As we go forth into the world, let us believe that the movement of all things is towards the accomplishment of God’s purpose.” (Meyer). We may request cookies to be set on your device. We apologize to the LORD God and ask Him to turn away His anger.”, (1 Samuel 5:6, 9, 12). They confessed that He was Almighty God, yet they did not worship Him instead of their gods. Some think the tumors were the result of bubonic plague, carried by rats. (Luke 5:8). Though God is holy, though He is apart from us, instead of building a wall around His apartness, God calls us to come to Him and share His apartness. i. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. God is in fact holy and, ii. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. ii. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.” Then they said, “What is the trespass offering which we shall return to Him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden rats, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines. Two cows who never pulled a cart before, either alone or together. : The specific offering recognizes that it was the LORD who brought the plague upon the Philistines. In the same way, the order and pattern of the whole universe demonstrates that it was fashioned by intelligent life, not by “chance.” Scientists detect “chance” in the radio signals constantly (in the form of unpatterned static), but it tells them nothing. The device of the Philistines in sending back the ark was clearly experimental; and they had no certain knowledge as to the way it would turn out. iii. Certainly, they were curious about what was in the ark, but they didn’t let their curiosity lead them into sin. I have dedicated him as a Nazirite—all the days of his life.” 1 Samuel 1:23 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac your 1 Samuel Chapter 7 Questions. Perhaps they had bad relations with them and wanted the LORD to curse them. b. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. The primary idea behind holiness is not moral purity (though the idea includes moral purity), but it is the idea of apartness – that God is separate, different from His creation, both in His essential nature and in the perfection of His attributes. By nature, two milk cows which have never been yoked, should not pull a cart at all, instead they should have resisted their yokes. They didn’t meander around the way; they went straight where they were supposed to go. Samuel-1 is the first of two historical books which describe Israel’s transition from a group of tribes to a strong and united nation. We know the LORD God of Israel has caused them. The Israelites and the Philistines both resisted Him, so the LORD found a few cows to show His glory through. : The Philistine priests had enough sense to know they offended the LORD God. When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, that they might depart?”, What shall we do with the ark of the LORD. After being raised by the priest Eli in temple, Samuel becomes God's number one prophet. When Carl Sagan petitioned the federal government for a grant to search for intelligent life in outer space, he hoped to find it by using a super sensitive instrument to pick up radio signals from distant space. i. Beth Shemesh was a priestly city (Joshua 21:16), so priests were on hand. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, and the people lamented because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter. a. i. When the five lords of the Philistines had seen it: They wondered if all what had happened to them while they had the ark was an accident. God’s glory had not left. Many of the thrill-seeking pleasures of our modern world are simply weak attempts to imitate the fulfillment we can only find by meeting the Holy God. Samuel-1 tells the story of three significant men in Israel’s history, Samuel, Saul and David. God’s glory had not left anywhere! So, God chose another king, David, who would obey him. On this day as they were reaping their wheat harvest (between May and June), they knew the God of Israel was alive. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? iii. is not a cause, but God is the great cause. Chapter 1 Elkanah and his family go to Shiloh Others think the rats were part of another plague or calamity mentioned in 1 Samuel 5:11: For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. When men encounter the holiness of God, they are not necessarily attracted to it. They not only lost the battle, they lost the ark as well (1 Samuel 4). b. So when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day. But they headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh. i. Holiness is not so much achieved through our own efforts, but it is received as we are new men and women in Jesus. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . 3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord!They took Dagon and put him back in his place. I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. “God winked at it in them, both because they were ignorant of God’s law to the contrary, and because they had no Levites to carry it upon their shoulders.” (Poole). They thought all the calamity of the plagues was from the LORD God of Israel, but they were not 100% sure. The ark didn’t have “handles” and was not to be carried by lifting it directly in one’s hands. “But wicked men will sooner believe the most uncertain and ridiculous things, than own the visible demonstrations of God’s power and providence.” (Poole). And watch: if it goes up the road to its own territory, to Beth Shemesh, then He has done us this great evil. The Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the chest that. Jacques Monod, a biochemist, wrote: “Chance, is at the source of every innovation, of all creation in the biosphere. The people of Israel selfishly chose Saul to rule over them as king (1 Sam. Of course, God was never dead and had never left them. Moses told the priests to lead the ark into battle against the Midianites (Numbers 31:6). . We often fail to give God this glory because we ignore His judgment or write it off as fate or bad luck. Then send it away, and let it go. Then the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices the same day to the LORD. would be healed as a conditional, promise. 7. When Peter saw the holy power of Jesus he said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”. Whatever the reason, the men of Kirjath Jearim received the ark and it stayed there for many years until King David brought it to the city of Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Instead, it was to be carried by inserting gold-overlaid wood poles into gold rings at each corner of the ark. First Samuel is a transitional book from the era of the judges to the kingdom. i. Click on the different category headings to find out more. God did this because the Israelites, who had His law, should have and did know better. Perhaps they had good relations with these men and thought they would take good care of the ark. iii. Because they looked into the ark of the LORD: Because of the honor and glory of God there are things which He chooses to keep hidden, and it is wrong for men to pry into these secrets of God. And watch: if it goes up the road to its own territory, to Beth Shemesh, He has done us this great evil. 3. 1 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Some things just happen and have no great eternal purpose that we can discern. The cows should resist the yoke, because they were never harnessed before. 1 st Samuel is a story of Narrative History and includes a great deal of Drama. Some say the world was created by chance. They left their own calves behind and went straight on a certain road, with never a wrong turn, never a stop, never turning aside into the fields to feed themselves, never turning back to feed their own calves. Now they knew the LORD was holy, but it didn’t make them want to be closer to God. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. So, they devised another test. Their question made God seem too harsh instead of showing themselves to be too disobedient. Of course, God was never dead and had never left them. b. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Perhaps they had good relations with these men and thought they would take good care of the ark. When we meet the Holy God, we are excited and afraid all at the same time. They confessed that He was Almighty God, yet they did not worship Him instead of their gods. In the same way, the order and pattern of the whole universe demonstrates that it was fashioned by intelligent life, not by “chance.” Scientists detect “chance” in the radio signals constantly (in the form of unpatterned static), but it tells them, iv. When the disciples on another occasion saw the holy Jesus shining forth at the transfiguration, they were greatly afraid (Matthew 17:6). | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Sitemap. Why did they keep it seven months at all? “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. The poles were to remain inserted in the rings, and to be the source of contact with the ark. For the same plague, on all of you and on your lords. Continuing our chapter summaries, Chapter 6 of first Samuel begins with the Philistines calling in their diviners and priests to counsel on what they should do with the ark of God. i. Isaiah 55:8-9 shows this thought: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. as though God was dead, and they were as desperate, discouraged, and hopeless as if He really were dead. Jacques Monod, a biochemist, wrote: “Chance alone is at the source of every innovation, of all creation in the biosphere. When the five lords of the Philistines had seen it. 1. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. But for those who believe in the God of the Bible, there is no excuse for fear, pride, or misery. As it says in 1 Peter 1:16, God calls us to. ii. When people don’t believe there is a loving God who sits enthroned in the heavens and has a good plan for our lives, you can’t blame them for being, . The Second Book of Samuel (Hebrew-English Text) contains twenty-four chapters and continues where the First Book of Samuel left off. However, “chance” does not make it land heads. ii. : They wondered if all what had happened to them while they had the ark was an accident. The men of Beth Shemesh sinned by not only touching the ark, but also looking into it inappropriately. What is, probably, the same as Gibeah? So they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD. (1-5) Uzzah smitten for touching the ark, Obed-edom blessed. : Because of the honor and glory of God there are things which He chooses to keep hidden, and it is wrong for men to pry into these secrets of God. 1 Samuel 6 [[[[[1SAM 6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. Chapter Overview: The Philistines send the ark back, ver. Key personalities include Eli, Hannah, Samuel, Saul, Jonathan, and David. received the ark and it stayed there for many years until King David brought it to the city of Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). Realizing that nothing happens by chance should not make us think every event is full of important meaning from God. Up until this point in biblical history, the Israelites have not had a king. By nature, two milk cows which have never been yoked should not pull a cart at all, instead they should have resisted their yokes. : This means the cows were not especially happy. And they set the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the chest with the gold rats and the images of their tumors. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Assigning such power to “chance” is crazy because chance has no power. 3. We know the LORD God of Israel has caused them. People who are otherwise intelligent often fall into this delusion. ii. (6-11) David brings the ark to Zion. 1 And the Ark of the Lord was in the field of the Philistines seven months. 1. God didn’t leave this up to chance. Tired of not being able to complain about what a lousy job their king is doing, Samuel (after some anointing by God) sets out to enlist a king for Israel. Chapter Contents. : The Philistines admitted that the God of Israel judged their gods and had jurisdiction over their lands. Certainly, they were curious about what was in the ark, but they didn’t let their curiosity lead them into sin. : They knew this was the right thing to do in honor to God, yet it really cost them something. Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. After being punished by Yahweh for looking inside the ark, the people of Beth Shemesh ask the inhabitants of Kiriath Jearim to remove the ark from their midst. c. They split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering: They knew this was the right thing to do in honor to God, yet it really cost them something. “As we go forth into the world, let us believe that the movement of all things is towards the accomplishment of God’s purpose.” (Meyer). Men are almost always reluctant to repent, and they guard against repenting “unnecessarily.”. : When the Philistines first captured the Ark of the Covenant, they thought it was a great victory but as time went on the Philistines began to regard the ark as a burden, not as a trophy. (19) The men of Beth Shemesh profane God’s holiness. For example, when a coin is flipped, the chance that it will land “heads” is 50%. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Even in a purely self-interested sense, it isn’t smart to harden your heart against the LORD. No driver led them, yet they left home, and marched the ten miles or so to a city they had never been to. The men of Beth Shemesh sinned by not only touching the ark, but also looking into it inappropriately. 4. Who did the Philistines call together, to decide what to do about the Ark? We were not told in 1 Samuel 5 that the plague involved rats. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, : They should not have done this. e. They sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim: We don’t know why they picked this village. This is a continuation of what began in chapter … (1-9) They bring it to Bethshemesh. The Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the chest that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone. a. They should head back for their Philistine homes out of concern for their young calves. : In one sense, the men of Beth Shemesh showed a bad heart in asking this question. Chapter 6. “Now therefore, make a new cart, take two milk cows which have never been yoked, and hitch the cows to the cart; and take their calves home, away from them. Then the cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there; a large stone, there. Samuel was an apprentice minister of the Lord and he worked under the tutelage of Eli. i. The Ark Returned to Israel. Seventy men dead in such an incident is still a great slaughter. Some things just happen and have no great eternal purpose that we can discern. Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. 1 When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months, 2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? He wanted it to be carried by poles set in rings on the side of the ark (Numbers 4:15). Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Additionally, they decided to take their calves home, away from them. Now they knew the. i. It deals with the transition from the period of judges ruling in Israel to the time of kings. 16:1-13), who, although he also falls (2 Sam. 6. The story of Samuel begins with, funnily enough, the birth of Samuel. The primary idea behind holiness is not moral purity (though the idea includes moral purity), but it is the idea of. When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, that they might depart?”. : The Ark of the Covenant was only to be touched and handled by specific Levites from the family of Kohath, and even they were commanded to not touch the ark itself (Numbers 4:15). a trespass offering to the LORD: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron; and the golden rats, the number of all the cities of the Philistines, fortified cities and country villages, even as far as the large. iv. Chapter Contents. Because they were reluctant to give up such a wonderful “trophy” of what they at first felt was a great victory over the God of Israel. i. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh. What shall we do with the ark of the LORD: When the Philistines first captured the Ark of the Covenant, they thought it was a great victory but as time went on the Philistines began to regard the ark as a burden, not as a trophy. You can check these in your browser security settings. And the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh. Abel on which they set the ark of the LORD. ... Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. He did so at a time when the Lord rarely spoke to His people and imparting visions was equally rare. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. 8-9); but he proves to be a foolish choice in light David, the king chosen by God (1Sam. Take two milk cows which have never been yoked: Here, the Philistines conducted an experiment. Even in a purely self-interested sense, it isn’t smart to harden your heart against the LORD. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Therefore you shall make images of your tumors and images of your rats that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land. In 1 Samuel Chapter 6, the Ark of the Covenant has been in Philistine hands for seven months and they are suffering from it being in their presence. They split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering. We often fail to give God this glory because we ignore His judgment or write it off as fate or bad luck. Then send it away, and let it go. When Peter saw the holy power of Jesus he said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8). a. 2 Samuel (next book of the Bible) Ruth (previous) Judges (period of Israel’s history that ends in 1 Samuel) They, all the calamity of the plagues was from the LORD God of Israel, but they were not 100% sure. Next » Chapter 7. So when the five lords of the Philistines had seen, , they returned to Ekron the same day. But they, headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. The “maternal instinct” of the cows would draw them not towards the land of Israel, but back home to their own calves. (between May and June), they knew the God of Israel was alive. 5. , but it didn’t make them want to be closer to God. Then the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices the same day to the LORD. at all? God is still on His throne! Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. We know the plague involved tumors (1 Samuel 5:6, 9, 12). Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Then take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him. But nothing happens by chance. Take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart. The world needs: 1. c. Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God: In another sense, the men of Beth Shemesh asked a good question. Not only were they headed straight for the road, they did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. 6:3 that they. After Saul mucks up with the Philistine… Samuel reproves and exhorts the people, and gathers them together at Mizpeh, where they fast and pray, and confess their sins, 1 Samuel 7:3-6. The cows should resist the yoke, because they were never harnessed before. reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted their eyes and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see, . You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. When the disciples on another occasion saw the holy Jesus shining forth at the transfiguration, they were greatly afraid (Matthew 17:6). Shmuel I - I Samuel - Chapter 6 « Previous Chapter 5. A summary of Part X (Section8) in 's Bible: The Old Testament. Therefore, we should understand the statement in 1 Sam. In a strict sense their offering was against the Mosaic Law. They said, “We know these plagues were not accidents. A summary of 1 Samuel, chapter by chapter, from @biblesummary. 11-24) recounts David’s sins of murder and adultery and the hard times that follow.… 1 - 12. 2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. Holiness is not so much something we have, as much as it is something that has us. For the same plague was on all of you and on your lords. If not, then we shall know that it is not His hand that struck us; it was by chance that it happened to us, : Is it possible that the tumors and other judgments came, . The “maternal instinct” of the cows would draw them not towards the land of Israel, but back home to their own calves. What does the number "seven" mean? First, they offered female animals to the LORD, which was forbidden (Leviticus 1:3; 22:19). We were not told in 1 Samuel 5 that the plague involved rats. Some think the tumors were the result of bubonic plague, carried by rats. Take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart: God never wanted the ark to be transported by a cart. They wish to send it back. 1SAM 6:2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? We live in a cause and effect world. i. By all means return it with a trespass offering: The Philistine priests had enough sense to know they offended the LORD God. They are Hannah, Eli, Samuel, Saul, Jonathan, and David. He chooses a man named Saul, and it turns out he chose… poorly. “But wicked men will sooner believe the most uncertain and ridiculous things, than own the visible demonstrations of God’s power and providence.” (Poole). According to their feelings, it was as if the LORD God of Israel had risen from the dead. SAMUEL-1 SUMMARY. But for those who believe in the God of the Bible, there is no excuse for fear, pride, or misery. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. a. Rejoiced to see it: They felt something like the disciples felt on the day they saw the resurrected Jesus, because they felt they received God back to them from the dead. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. 1 Samuel Chapter 6 Questions. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. (20-21) The men of Beth Shemesh appeal to the men of Kirjath Jearim to take the ark from them. It made them want to distance themselves from God. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Bible: The Old Testament and what it means. A summary of 1 Samuel 6 from @biblesummary. It can take a long time before we realize the futility of resisting God. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} 1 Samuel 6. Perhaps at that very moment they cried out to God, grieving because they thought the glory had departed. 1 Samuel Chapter 6 Summary. “Now therefore, make a new cart, take two milk cows which have never been yoked, and hitch the cows to the cart; and take their calves home, away from them. 1 Samuel chapter 7; 7:1 - The ark in Kiriath Jearim; 7:2-6 - Israel’s people decide to serve God again; 7:7-9 - The Philistines attack Israel at Mizpah; 7:10-11 - How God used a storm to win a battle; 7:12 - About the name: EBENEZER; 7:13-17 - Samuel, Israel’s judge 1 Samuel chapter 8; 8:1-6 - … Therefore you shall make images of your tumors and images of your rats that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land. It was written at about 930 B.C. The ark removed from Kirjath-jearim. Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God: In one sense, the men of Beth Shemesh showed a bad heart in asking this question. Everywhere the people took the Ark; the people were stricken with _____. Their reaction isn’t recorded, but they must have been persuaded. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”. We again notice God dealt with the Israelites more strictly than He dealt with the Philistines, who just transported the ark by a cart. e. Perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land: The Philistines admitted that the God of Israel judged their gods and had jurisdiction over their lands. d. And to whom shall it go up from us: For the men of Beth Shemesh, the holiness of God was a problem, a problem that could be fixed by putting distance between themselves and God. Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts. Men are almost always reluctant to repent, and they guard against repenting “unnecessarily.”. on the large stone. 2. And they set the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the chest with the gold rats and the images of their tumors. Basically, the Hebrew grammar can mean that out of fifty thousand men, God struck seventy of them. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Tell us how we should send it to its place.” So they said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but by all means return it to Him with a trespass offering. There are 6 who stand out in 1 Samuel. God is still on His throne! 1 Samuel chapter 1 KJV (King James Version) 1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:. 1 Samuel 1:20 Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for heard by God. ! The Book of 1 Samuel Chapter 6. This was a remarkable miracle. We need to respect the fact that God is God and we are not, and there are some things we just will not, and should not, know. (10-18) The people smitten for looking into the ark. All Rights Reserved. d. If not, then we shall know that it is not His hand that struck us; it was by chance that it happened to us: Is it possible that the tumors and other judgments came by chance? i. 5. 7:4-16). Their priests tell them if they send the Ark back to the Israelites, they should not send it empty but send a guilt offering along with it. “We cannot come to any other conclusion than that the number 50,000 is neither correct nor genuine, but a gloss [marginal note] which has crept into the text through some oversight.” (Keil and Delitszch), And the men of Beth Shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? Sounds simple enough. Though this way of transporting the ark was prohibited by the law, God excused them because of their ignorance of His law. When we meet the Holy God, we are excited and afraid all at the same time. The Philistines devised a test that “forced” the God of Israel to do something miraculous to demonstrate He really was the cause of the plagues. ii. i. (1 Samuel 6:9). Apart from touching the poles, it was forbidden to touch the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:12-15). They should head back for their Philistine homes out of concern for their young calves. : God never wanted the ark to be transported by a cart. : They felt something like the disciples felt on the day they saw the resurrected Jesus, because they felt they received God back to them from the dead. As the cows went on the road back to Israel, we can imagine the Israelites mourning over the loss of the ark. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there: After being guided for some ten miles from the Philistine city, without stopping or going to one side or the other, the ark then stopped in Israelite land, at the exact field of one chosen man. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Though God is holy, though He is apart from us, instead of building a wall around His, , God calls us to come to Him and share His, . Pure chance, absolutely free but blind, at the very root of the stupendous edifice of evolution.”. Samuel was the last of the judges. The second portion (chs. to return the ark, including a test to see if the judgment was from God or by chance. i. 6:26-27,33-35; or from Ramathaim Zuphim. Beth Shemesh was a priestly city (Joshua 21:16), so priests were on hand. It’s like going up on a roller coaster – you want to be there, but at the same time you don’t want to be there. Then take the ark of the LORD and set it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side. So they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD. 1 Samuel 1-2:11 • Spiritual Revival 1 Samuel 1-3 • How God Deals with Bad Leaders 1 Samuel 7 • The Deliverance of God's People. 19 - 21. It made them want to distance themselves from God. (13-15) The ark is received with honor and joy at Beth Shemesh. The ark went into battle before. ii. : After being guided for some ten miles from the Philistine city, without stopping or going to one side or the other, the ark then stopped in Israelite land, at the exact field of one chosen man. Where did the men come from to get the Ark? The book of 2 Samuel records the life of David as king. On this day as they were. Whether or not it lands heads or tails is due to the strength of the flip, the force of air currents and air pressure as it flies through the air, where it is caught, and if it is flipped over once caught. Summary 1 Samuel 7: Samuel exhorts the Israelites to 4. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, : The manuscript evidence is pretty clear that the number recorded originally in the text was. . Tell us how we should send it to its place.” So they said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but by all means return, a trespass offering. There are certain profound global lessons for us in the setting up of the kingdom. I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. 1. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. They didn’t meander around the way; they went straight where they were supposed to go. The ark of the covenant stayed in the country of Philistine for … And the men of Beth Shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? The ark went in front of the marchers around the city of Jericho (Joshua 6:6-8). Later, Saul brought the ark into battle (1 Samuel 14:18), as did David (2 Samuel 11:11). The test was simple and stacked against God. The kingdom foreshadows the coming millennial kingdom in some respects. Whether or not it lands heads or tails is due to the strength of the flip, the force of air currents and air pressure as it flies through the air, where it is caught, and if it is flipped over once caught. i. : For the men of Beth Shemesh, the holiness of God was a problem, a problem that could be fixed by putting distance between themselves and God. ii. What is most interesting is the method they chose to transport the ark back to Israelite territory. The Philistines devised a test that “forced” the God of Israel to do something miraculous to demonstrate He really was the cause of the plagues. It can take a long time before we realize the futility of resisting God. f. Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts: Aware of the Exodus account, the Philistines rightly remembered that no good comes when anyone hardens their heart against the LORD. . By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh: They should not have done this. We were not told in 1 Samuel 5 that the plague involved, were the result of bubonic plague, carried by. 3. Whatever the reason, the men of. 4. Who was sanctified to take care of the Ark? “Here they seem peevishly [angrily] to lay the blame of their sufferings upon God, as over-holy and strict: of their sins, the true cause, they say nothing; but take care to rid their hands of the ark, which they should have retained reverently.” (Trapp). But if not, then we shall know that it is not His hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.”, a. God raises up David to be king of Israel (1 Sa 16–20). These, the golden tumors which the Philistines returned. The Ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines _____ months. Put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side, : The Philistines were wise enough to not open the Ark of the Covenant and set the. Many people think things happen by chance. were part of another plague or calamity mentioned in 1 Samuel 5:11: For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there, And you shall give glory to the God of Israel, : Acknowledging God’s judgment is one way to. Saul hunts David out of jealousy (1 Sa 21–31). By all means return it with a trespass offering. But, happens by chance. The Study Bookmark for 1 Samuel: [ view sample ] 1 per page [ pdf ] 4 per page [ pdf ] Introduction. Israel demands a king: Saul (1 Sa 8–15). When he received those radio signals, he looked for order and pattern – which would demonstrate that the signals were transmitted by intelligent life. Samuel *anointed Saul, the first king of *Israel. doesn’t “do” anything other than describe a probability. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. But the Israelites. b. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there. d. And you shall give glory to the God of Israel: Acknowledging God’s judgment is one way to give glory to the God of Israel. Holiness is not so much something we have, as much as it is something that has us. These are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned as a trespass offering to the LORD: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron; and the golden rats, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and country villages, even as far as the large stone of Abel on which they set the ark of the LORD, which stone remains to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh. And to whom shall it go up from us?” So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up with you.”. Pure chance, absolutely free but blind, at the very root of the stupendous edifice of evolution.”. 2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Christians can get off track by trying to see a message from God in everything. 1 Samuel 1:1 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.” Then they said, “What. Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. Christians can get off track by trying to see a message from God in everything. Perhaps at that very moment they cried out to God, grieving because they thought the glory had departed. It is sad to consider that the Philistines showed more honor to the holiness of God than the Israelites. : The Israelites were careful to let the Levites handle the ark, as was commanded by the law (Numbers 4:1-6, 15). However, “chance” does not make it land heads. 1. Their question was not, “How can we be made right with a holy God,” but it was “Who can we give this problem to so the holiness of God is no longer a burden to us?”. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Perhaps they had bad relations with them and wanted the LORD to curse them. b. Lowing as they went: This means the cows were not especially happy. Welcome to BibleStudyMinistry.com’s chapter summary series, do you need a quick summary of each chapter in the Bible, join us for the journey and learn a lot in our chapter summary series. Their question was not, “How can we be made right with a holy God,” but it was “Who can we give this problem to so the holiness of God is no longer a burden to us?”, They sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, : We don’t know why they picked this village. The Philistines consult how to send back the ark. Your email address will not be published. But the Israelites felt as though God was dead, and they were as desperate, discouraged, and hopeless as if He really were dead. The Israelites and the Philistines both resisted Him, so the LORD found a few cows to show His glory through. We apologize to the LORD God and ask Him to turn away His anger.”. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. We know the plague involved tumors (1 Samuel 5:6, 9, 12). 3. When men encounter the holiness of God, they are not necessarily attracted to it. Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD: The Ark of the Covenant was only to be touched and handled by specific Levites from the family of Kohath, and even they were commanded to not touch the ark itself (Numbers 4:15). (19-21) Commentary on 1 Samuel 6:1-9 (Read 1 Samuel 6:1-9) Therefore, they knew they should do something to express their sorrow and repentance before the LORD. When people don’t believe there is a loving God who sits enthroned in the heavens and has a good plan for our lives, you can’t blame them for being afraid, for being proud, for being miserable. (1-6) The priests of the Philistines suggest a way to relieve themselves of the burden of the ark. i. Perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, from your gods, and from your land. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament on the ancient Hebrew word ga-ah, translated lowing: “This root indicates an intense aversion which is expressed often in punitive or adverse action.”, ii. a. – that God is separate, different from His creation, both in His essential nature and in the perfection of His attributes. Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. People who are otherwise intelligent often fall into this delusion. 2. a. Because they looked into the ark of the LORD. ii. c. Put the articles of gold which you are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side: The Philistines were wise enough to not open the Ark of the Covenant and set the articles of gold in the ark itself. Therefore, they knew they should do something to express their sorrow and repentance before the LORD. Chapter. b. They longed for their calves at home, yet they still did the will of God. For example, when a coin is flipped, the chance that it will land “heads” is 50%. When he received those radio signals, he looked for order and pattern – which would demonstrate that the signals were transmitted by intelligent life. (10-12) Against all expectation, the cows go the land of Israel. Realizing that nothing happens by chance should not make us think every event is full of important meaning from God. iii. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Then the men did so; they took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. Now the people of Beth Shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted their eyes and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. Show content in: Both English Hebrew. i. Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God: In their disrespect for God, the men of Beth Shemesh offended the holiness of the LORD. They said, “We know these plagues were not accidents. Cows and carts were expensive property. i. 11-20), receives an eternal covenant promise (2 Sam. Their reaction isn’t recorded, but they must have been persuaded. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” We need to respect the fact that God is God and we are not, and there are some things we just will not, and should not, know. 1-10) recounts David’s solidification of power and his successes as the second king of Israel. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. It’s like going up on a roller coaster – you want to be there, but at the same time you don’t want to be there. The Levites took down the ark of the LORD. in the ark itself. The Philistines go up against them; the Israelites cry unto the Lord for help; Samuel offers sacrifices; and the Lord confounds the Philistines with thunder; Israel discomfits and pursues them to Beth-car, 1 Samuel 7:7-11 . d. The Levites took down the ark of the LORD: The Israelites were careful to let the Levites handle the ark, as was commanded by the law (Numbers 4:1-6, 15). Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When Carl Sagan petitioned the federal government for a grant to search for intelligent life in outer space, he hoped to find it by using a super sensitive instrument to pick up radio signals from distant space. This up to chance 5 that the plague involved, were the result of bubonic plague, by... 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