The Philistines were a little more teachable than others of God’s enemies. As he struck the lives of the captors of the Ark—they realized they had angered God. As such, they repented and changed direction. They assembled a guilt offering and followed the protocol returning the Ark. The ark once returned was out of the life of Philistines. One set violated God’s laws and died. The people of Israel celebrated greatly upon the Ark’s return.
In our lives, we always face the temptation of straying from the Lord. As we pray and stay in the word—and seek his face, he will guide us and carry us through the difficult times. If we do struggle and slip away, he calls us to repent and turn around. He is always ready to welcome us back. He values repentance and transparency. If he will relent at the repentance of his enemies, then he will certainly accept us and receive us as we submit to him. Seek him, follow him and return to him. He will receive you with love and joy.
God Bless You
13 Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight. 14 The cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and there it stopped beside a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord. 15 The Levites took down the ark of the Lord, together with the chest containing the gold objects, and placed them on the large rock. On that day the people of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices to the Lord. 16 The five rulers of the Philistines saw all this and then returned that same day to Ekron.
17 These are the gold tumors the Philistines sent as a guilt offering to the Lord—one each for Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron. 18 And the number of the gold rats was according to the number of Philistine towns belonging to the five rulers—the fortified towns with their country villages. The large rock on which the Levites set the ark of the Lord is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh.
19 But God struck down some of the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy[a] of them to death because they looked into the ark of the Lord. The people mourned because of the heavy blow the Lord had dealt them. 20 And the people of Beth Shemesh asked, “Who can stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God? To whom will the ark go up from here?”