I Samuel 6–Showing God Proper Respect

For the lack of reverence shown to God by the Godless world, Often times when they realize the error of their ways, the heathens show more respect for God than do his own people. The Philistines Captured the Ark of God.  After moving it around their country for 7 months, they were being plagued with disease and pestilence.  They made the decision to return the ark to Israel.  In addition they offered a guilt offering to God for their stealing the ark and not respecting the God of Israel.  They were devastated by their actions, but showed remorse and sent the ark back.
 
There was great celebration in Israel when the Ark was returned. The Levites carefully removed the ark from the cart on which it was returned.  But, then 70 of the Israelites decided to check out the inside of the ark. They all died.  It is amazing that God’s own people could not show the same respect for God that God’s enemies did.  Israel had become so accustomed to God’s amazing power that they lost reverence for it.  That is one of the saddest statements to be made.  When one is raised seeing God do amazing things, one should have all the more respect and reverence for Him.  Instead, we become expectant and entitled and see God as a tool to use, or an emergency response system for when we are in trouble.
 
Believers in the Lord must be reverent. He is our Heavenly Father, and commands the respect and reverence that only God can have.  We must never forget that He is Lord and as His children we meed simply trust and follow him.  His plan is flawless, and if we allow him to lead, He will do amazing things in our lives.  We must never grow expectant or entitled in our faith–simply humble and grateful.
 
God Bless You

“Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up. Take the ark of the Lord and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way, but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the Lord has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us but that it happened to us by chance.”

10 So they did this. They took two such cows and hitched them to the cart and penned up their calves. 11 They placed the ark of the Lord on the cart and along with it the chest containing the gold rats and the models of the tumors. 12 Then the cows went straight up toward Beth Shemesh, keeping on the road and lowing all the way; they did not turn to the right or to the left. The rulers of the Philistines followed them as far as the border of Beth Shemesh.

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.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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